AU says eager to find lasting solution to DR Congo crisis

AU says eager to find lasting solution to DR Congo crisis
# 08 January 2013 00:13 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Visiting African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Ramtane Lamamra on Monday said the pan-African bloc is eager to find a lasting solution to the crisis in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), APA reports quoting Xinhua.

He made the remarks to journalists shortly after meeting Rwandan President Paul Kagame at his office in Kigali, the Rwandan capital.

"The eastern DRC crisis needs serious attention and AU is eager to find the lasting solution to the root causes of the crisis," he stressed.

"During my visit I was able to visit the refugee transit center at the border of Rwanda and DRC and I had interactions with people to make better judgment of the situation," he said.

Lamamra, who arrived in Rwanda from the DRC on Friday for a four-day visit, also toured the Burundi-Rwanda border to assess the security situation.

During his stay, the AU official met high-level officials from the DRC and Rwanda to discuss the situation in the Great Lakes region as part of efforts to tackle the crisis in the DRC.

"I have been able to get deep knowledge about Rwanda's efforts towards finding a solution to the crisis in the eastern DRC," he noted.

Lamamra said the ongoing crisis in the eastern DRC will be on the top of the agenda during the upcoming AU summit slated for Jan. 27-28, 2013.

"AU is important to the region and therefore we need to be sensitive to the expectations and hopes of the people, assist in any way we can to the governments in the region to dispel any misunderstandings, and address the root causes to the problems so that solutions becomes long lasting," he said.

The crisis erupted in April last year, when the M23 rebels launched offensives until capturing Goma, capital of the eastern province of North Kivu. The rebels pulled out of the city after the government agreed to hold talks with them.