The DRC is hosting on Monday 25 July 2022 the Summit of Heads of State and Government, members of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). The Central African Republic, Sao Tome and Principe and Chad will be represented by their presidents, Burundi and Equatorial Guinea by their vice presidents, Congo and Gabon by their prime ministers, Angola by their foreign minister. The Rwandan authorities, contrary to Kinshasa, did not move and will be represented by its ambassador.
as reported from Kinshasa, Pascal Mulegwa
According to someone close to the president, it is on the verge of a boycott. This is not a surprise to Congolese diplomats, especially since Kinshasa takes advantage of every meeting to accuse Rwanda of aggression. in the eastern part. This is not surprising when you know that the DRC has chaired the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) since January, according to a foreign diplomat stationed in the Congolese capital. Although the society has economic origins, it is focusing on defense and security issues during this summit.
The summit was preceded by preparatory meetings between the heads of the armed forces and the member states’ police and intelligence services. According to the Congolese presidency, the increase in tensions between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be at the center of the debates, in addition to general issues related to the functioning of the organization. Political issues will also be addressed. ECCAS campaigns especially for respect for electoral processes.
Although the summit is regular, it is being held in a regional context characterized by numerous security threats. The persistence of armed groups and terrorist movements. As a result, the forced displacement of populations is accelerating. Central Africa is also experiencing skyrocketing prices for basic necessities as well as import problems linked to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.