AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

AU Welcomes East African Leaders’ Decision to Deploy Forces in Congo

ADDIS ABABA – African Union has welcomed East African leaders’ decision to deploy a regional force to restore peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo or DRC.

Last Thursday, leaders of the East African Community (EAC) held discussion on the DRC which many see as the first concerted effort by members of the bloc to end the violence by militants activity in east Congo.

In a communique issued after the meeting, the bloc, which Congo joined last month, urged armed groups to join a political process to resolve their grievances or “be handled militarily”.

Their decision has been endorsed by the Chairperson of African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat today.

The chairperson has welcomed the outcome of the meeting, “particularly the decision to immediately deploy a regional force to restore peace and stability in the DRC”.

Mahamant has also commended the EAC leaders “for their common efforts towards finding a sustainable solution to the situation in eastern DRC and the Great Lakes region as whole.”

More than 120 rebel groups operate across large swathes of east Congo despite billions of dollars spent on one of the United Nation’s largest peacekeeping forces, according to reports.