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PAP notes a call for an immediate end to DRC conflict

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PAP notes a call for an immediate end to DRC conflict  

A motion moved by Hon. Pemmy Castelina Pamela Majodina of South Africa calling for the Pan African Parliament (PAP) noted the immediate end of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) conflict.

The Sixth Parliament of PAP is sitting for its First Ordinary Session in Midrand, South Africa under the theme “strengthening nutritional resilience and food security on the African continent: strengthening Agri-food, health and social protection systems for the acceleration of the development of human, social and economic development.”

In her motion, the Hon. Majodina called for the cessation of all hostilities in the DRC and that the current Luanda and Nairobi Peace Initiatives be respected, and their recommendations implemented.

“We call upon the immediate withdrawal of all parties supporting rebels in order to create an enabling environment for the mediation process to take place,” said Hon. Majodina.

The President of the PAP, H.E. Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira said that peacebuilding is a complex process and that this particular motion is a sensitive issue and called upon members to be “measured in their contributions and responses.”

H.E. Hon. Charumbira suggested that members of those countries involved in the conflict discuss these issues further on the sidelines of the PAP. “The Chamber should be a container of emotions and we should continue building peace across Africa,” said H.E. Hon. Charumbira.

According to Hon. Sen. John Bonds Bideri from Rwanda the Nairobi Peace Map, which is now being pursued, provides numerous avenues for dialogue. “We support all efforts to promote peace and stability in Africa,” said Hon. Bideri.

“Our solutions need to be holistic. As members of the PAP, we need to resolve problems politically. In our peace-building efforts, we need to pursue dialogue and use national and international peace initiatives available to us,” said Hon. Sen. Bideri.

Hon. Jaynet Kabila from the DRC recalled the history of the Great Lakes Region and Rwanda and said that the DRC supports every effort to bring about peace in the eastern parts of the DRC.

“It is critical that we address the root causes and negotiate a lasting and durable solution,” said Hon. Kabila.

PAP notes a call for an immediate end to DRC conflict

Source: Pan African Parliament

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PAP notes a call for an immediate end to DRC conflict

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