President Edgar Lungu says the Southern African Development Community (SADC) remains committed to promoting peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo -DRC- and the Great Lakes Region.
Speaking as SADC chairperson of the organ for politics, defence and security, President Lungu said SADC has always been ready to work with the government of the DRC to restore peace in the country and in the region.
He noted that the internal conflict that has rocked the DRC for many decades has negatively affected neighbouring countries politically and economically.
President Lungu observed that close cooperation with the United Nations and with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region is indispensable to the attainment of lasting peace in the DRC and the region.
He was speaking in Kampala, Uganda today, when he addressed the 9th High Level Meeting of the Regional Oversight Committee for the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Region.
And Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni , says while African countries do not believe in meddling in the affairs of other countries, time has come for African countries to help bring peace to the DRC.
General Museveni says the political instability in the DRC has persisted for so long that it has affected not only civilians in that country but also neighbouring countries and the region.
Speaking at the same function, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General, Said Djinnit, encouraged the AU, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, SADC and the UN to ensure regional cooperation in tackling longstanding challenges in
arts of the eastern DRC.