The 6th Ordinary Summit of the International Conference of Great Lakes’ Region (ICGLR) is underway in the Angolan capital of Luanda at the Talatona International Conference Centre.
President Yoweri Museveni was among the regional Heads of State at the Summit.
The one-day Summit began this morning with host leader and Chairman of the Summit, President Eduardo dos Santos commending member states for their positive regional political balance in the management of conflicts and disputes in the region.
The Summit is expected to review the situation of peace and stability in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Sudan and Burundi as well as the election of a new Executive Secretary of the ICGLR.
In his opening remarks, President Dos Santos observed that “ICGLR member countries’ commitment to the peace mission had made it possible to contain the worsening situation in the region by undertaking initiatives and mobilizing synergies to preserve peace and stability.”
President Dos Santos expressed optimism that with the existence of the regional prevailing peace, there is a possibility of developing and strengthening regional economies in diverse potential areas such as agriculture, tourism, minerals and water resources.
The Angolan Head of State congratulated the Central African Republic for conducting peaceful elections leading to the election of that a new President and Prime Minister.
He, therefore, called for a speedy process to resolve the political impasse in Burundi as he commended President Joseph Kabila of the DRC for implementing the Summit’s decisions on the process reconciliation in DRC.
Before the opening ceremony of the Summit, President Museveni held joint bilateral meetings with Presidents dos Santos of Angola and Joseph Kabila of the DRC at the Presidential villas.
Mr. Museveni also held a meeting with former Uganda Vice President, Dr. Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe, who is the joint East African candidate for the position of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
Elections to the post are slated to take place in Kigali Rwanda later next month.
ICGLR, which was established in 1994 with a mandate to neutralize hotspots of political instability in the region, registered its progressive achievements when it intervened in Rwanda genocide where over 800,000 lives were lost.