, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25 – President Mwai Kibaki has met and held discussions with former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania who briefed him on the current situation in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
During the meeting, the facilitators in the peace initiative in the DRC briefed President Kibaki on the current situation which has significantly improved since the signing of the Peace Agreement in March 2009.
The Peace Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Congo and the Congress National Du Peuple (CNDP) has considerably improved security and humanitarian conditions in Eastern DRC.
The two former heads of state noted that joint military operations between DRC and Rwanda contributed immensely towards curtailing destabilizing activities of insurgents particularly FDLR, Interahamwe and Lords Resistance Army who are key sources of insecurity in the region.
The two facilitators further thanked President Kibaki and the Government of Kenya for according them immense support and facilitation during the entire period of peace negotiations.
On his part, President Kibaki, who is also the chairperson of the DRC Peace talks, thanked Mr Obasanjo and Mr Mkapa for their substantial contribution towards the normalisation of the situation and continued search for lasting peace in the region.
President Kibaki further appealed to the international community to honour their pledges and forward any form of assistance that can help achieve sustainable peace in the Eastern DRC region.
The mandate of Mr Obasanjo and Mr Mkapa has come to an end and they are revising exit strategies as well as preparing proposals for action to ensure peace in the region.
In attendance were Internal Security Minster Prof George Saitoti, the Executive Secretary International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and the National Coordinator ICGLR Amb. Josephine Gaita.
The Tanzanian High Commissioner to Kenya Amb. Nyasugara Kadege also attended the talks.