The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has commended the move by Kenya and other East African countries to take part in the restoration of peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In a statement issued on Monday, the AU Commission Chairperson particularly welcomed the decision by the Eastern African Leaders to immediately deploy a regional force to restore peace in the DRC.
The decision to deploy a joint military force was made following a meeting of the Heads of State hosted by President Kenyatta at State House Nairobi on April 21, 2022.
“The Chairperson commends H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Eastern Africa Leaders for their common efforts towards finding a sustainable solution to the situation in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes region as whole,” reads the statement.
“Furthermore, the Chairperson welcomes the convened 1078th meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council of 19 April 2022 on the outcome of the 10th Regional Oversight Mechanism Summit held in February 2022 in Kinshasa, and reaffirms AU’s continued commitment, to the full implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement for the DRC and the Region, as one of the guarantors of the Agreement.
”The Second Regional Heads of State Conclave hosted by President Kenyatta was attended by DRC President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, Évariste Ndayishimiye (Burundi) Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame who was represented by the Rwandan Foreign Minister.
At the meeting, the leaders took note of the situation in eastern DRC and of neighbouring countries and agreed to establish a regional force to help contain and, where necessary, fight the negative forces.
The meeting directed the urgent deployment of such a force.
“Towards this end, the meeting directed that planning for such a force commence with immediate effect with the full consultation of relevant authorities in the region,” a statement issued after the meeting indicated.