members includes Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Republic of Congo, DR Congo (DRC), Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
Our interests in the ICGLR
are guided by threats of an Al Qaeda-oriented group known as the Allied Democratic Forces thriving in the DRC," said Gen.
The Eleven Heads of State and Government of the ICGLR
came together in 2004 and have since worked to resolve conflicts and instill governance and accountability across the Great Lakes Region
South Sudan's foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, told Sudan Tribune that he hopes regional assurances made by the chiefs of defence and security of the ICGLR
and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Luanda, Angola, would make impact on a number of issues, which have led to the stalling of peace talks with the rebel faction.
The previous ICGLR
Summit also encouraged regional political dialogue between all relevant stakeholders to address the underlying root causes of the conflict, under the leadership of Angola as Chair of the ICGLR
The COCAFEM/GL and the ICGLR
signed a formal partnership agreement in June 2012.
The statement was signed by the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni who is also the current chair of ICGLR
and Malawian president Joyce Banda and chair of SADC.
We talked a great deal about the hopes we have about dialogue and the peace process in Eastern Congo, a process led by Angola through the ICGLR
, the need to take action against the FDLR and it s a pleasure that there is an announcement by the Democratic Republic of Congo and MONUSCO that a more serious action is being taken against FDLR militarily.
However, the ICGLR
Secretariat, which was established in 2007, still lacks the necessary technical and organisational capacities to achieve this, as do the national coordination mechanisms in the member states and the national agencies in the mining sector.
For political, economic and social reasons, the Great lakes region is defined here to include all the eleven member States of the ICGLR
(International Conference on the Great Lakes Region), which are: Angola, Burundi, Republic of the Congo-, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia.
Museveni, who is chair of the ICGLR
, also warned M23 rebels against using "unconstitutional means" to topple the DRC government, saying both sides in the conflict should implement the resolutions agreed upon at the Kampala summit.
Also penning as guarantors are the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban, Chairperson of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zum, Chairperson of ICGLR
, and the Chairperson of SADC.