DRC peace and security framework in place


Hard on the heels of the United Nations announcing a 3 000 plus strong intervention force for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said a peace and security co-operation framework for the central African country and its neighbours was in place.

The framework, according to SADC, accommodates the concerns of all stakeholders towards the restoration of peace in the eastern DRC. It was signed by the DRC, its neighbours in the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with the UN and AU as guarantors.

The framework affords opportunities to all stakeholders to commit themselves to attaining lasting peace in the DRC. In this regard the DRC Government committed, among others, to continue bettering security sector reforms, especially the army.

DRC’s neighbouring countries have committed not to interfere in the internal affairs of the DRC, neither to tolerate, support nor assist any kind of armed groups, but to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of their neighbours and to strengthen regional co-operation.

In terms of the framework the UN committed to undertake a strategic review of the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) its peacekeeping force in DRC. This in an effort to better help the country’s government address security challenges.