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UN, AU, EU reaffirm support for DRC political dialogue

UN, AU, EU reaffirm support for DRC political dialogue

Democratic Republic Of Congo

The United Nations, the African Union, the European Union and the International Organisation of La Francophonie have reaffirmed their support for the political dialogue in the DRC.

The AU says, the four organizations have agreed to set up a support group for the facilitation led by former AU Secretary-General, Edem Kodjo.

The group is made up of representatives from the International Conference of the Great Lakes region and the Southern African Development Community.

The four organizations urge the Government and all political actors in the DRC to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence.

The support group is expected to mobilize expertise and resources to maximize the possibility of achieving a successful dialogue.

The political dialogue in the DRC is aimed at building consensus for the holding of a presidential poll before the end of year.

A decision by the DRC’s Constitutional Court allowing President Kabila to remain in power beyond his mandate on 19 December if elections are not held, has heightened political tensions in the country.

‘‘The four organizations urge the Government and all political actors in the DRC to refrain from any action that could increase tensions or lead to violence. More than ever, restraint and the spirit of responsibility are needed at this particular moment of the history of the DRC’‘, a statement issued by the AU said.