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EAC Chair President Uhuru Kenyatta Calls For The Activation And Deployment Of The East African Regional Force In DRC

STATEMENT BY H.E PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EAC, ON DRC SECURITY SITUATION

On 21 st April 2022, I hosted the Second Regional Heads of State
Conclave on the Democratic Republic of Congo in Nairobi which
was attended by His Excellency Félix Antoine TSHISEKEDI
Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo; His
Excellency Évariste NDAYISHIMIYE, President of the Republic of
Burundi; His Excellency Yoweri MUSEVENI, President of the
Republic of Uganda while His Excellency Paul KAGAME, President
of the Republic of Rwanda was represented by the Rwandan
Foreign Minister.

During this meeting, we deliberated on the security situation in the
Eastern DRC and adopted the 21 st April 2022 Communiqué,
outlining measures to promote peace, stability and development in
the Eastern DRC and the greater East African Region.
Thereafter, as the co-convener of the Inter Congolese (DRC)
consultations of the Nairobi Process, I undertook a series of
telephone conversations with my colleagues in the region on the
14 th and again on the 15 th of June 2022.

Encouraged by the positive progress and commitment of leaders
to find lasting peace for the people of the DRC, I continue to call
upon the political leadership in the region to remain committed in
putting in place and reinforcing the political and military efforts in
the DRC towards building lasting peace and stability in the
country.

I note, with concern, that recent developments including, open
hostilities, create a serious threat to the success of the regional leadership’s work including the promotion of outcomes of the
Inter-Congolese (DRC) consultations of the Nairobi Process.

The hostilities in particular threaten to undermine the ongoing political
process (the political track) aimed at addressing the security
situation as provided for under the 21 st April 2022 Communiqué;
I, therefore, call for an immediate cessation of all hostilities in
the Eastern DRC and for all armed groups, both foreign and local,
to lay down arms immediately and unconditionally and to commit
to a political process.

I further call for the declaration of Ituri, North Kivu (Bunagana, Bugusa, most parts of Petit Nord, Masisi, Lubero, Beni-Kasindi main axis) and South Kivu provinces as a WEAPONS FREE ZONE, where any individual or group carrying weapons outside the official and legally deployed and mandated forces in the country will be disarmed. In doing so, I call for the ACTIVATION of the East African Regional Force under the auspices of the East African Community (EAC).

The Regional Force is a component of the military/security enforcement track also provided for in the Communiqué adopted on 21 st April 2022.
In this regard, the meeting of the regional Commanders of the respective Defence Forces, cooperating in the Nairobi Process, scheduled for Sunday 19 th June 2022, in Nairobi, should finalize preparations to undertake the deployment of the Regional Force.

The East African Regional Force shall be deployed to the Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces immediately to STABILIZE the zone and ENFORCE peace in support of the DRC security forces and in close coordination with MONUSCO.

The Regional Force will work with local provincial authorities to support an
orderly and permanent disarmament process under the Programme de Desarmement, Demobilisation, Relevement Communautaire et Stabilisation (P-DDRCS) in order to create enabling conditions towards stability and peace in the eastern DRC.

I appreciate the diplomatic and political support that the Inter- DRC consultations (the Nairobi Process) has received from the international community including the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU) and bilateral partners.

I also thank the partners for demonstrating their commitment to a peaceful outcome and urge them to remain engaged and supportive moving forward.

ENDS

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