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Achieving lasting peace in the Great Lakes Region: A priority issue for the PF-ICGLR Executive Committee

6-7 July 2016

Mother and Child in camp for internally displaced persons in North Kivu, DRC. Civilians in the Great Lakes Region have been displaced multiple times in the last two decades as a result of conflict.

Mother and Child in camp for internally displaced persons in North Kivu, DRC. Civilians in the Great Lakes Region have been displaced multiple times in the last two decades as a result of conflict.

Kigali, Rwanda – Parliamentary leaders came together in Kigali, Rwanda, for the 14th Ordinary Session of the Executive Committee of the Parliamentary Forum of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (PF-ICGLR) on 6-7 July 2016.

The meeting, which was also attended by an AWEPA delegation, brought together representatives of parliaments from 11 African nations.

The participants focused mainly on restoring peace and security within ICGLR member countries of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, and called for tangible actions that will permanently address political conflicts in the Great Lakes region.

“There is some instability in a few member countries which we have to analyse. If you don’t respond to this instability it can spread to other regional countries,” said Pedro Sebastião, president of the Executive Committee of FP-ICGLR and a Member of the National Assembly of Angola.

He stated that security and violence in the region remain a concern despite the ongoing combined search for peaceful solutions to political disputes that have wreaked havoc in the Great Lakes region.

The meeting’s recommendations will be submitted to all parliaments in ICGLR member countries during the 7th Ordinary Session of the Plenary Assembly of the FP-ICGLR to be held in Khartoum, Sudan, in December 2016.