Uhuru Kenyatta in DR Congo for peace talks as war drags on
NAIROBI, Kenya – Former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in the city of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, after two days of work for dialogue and peace in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The EAC Facilitator pointed out that the misery, the cycle of conflict by armed groups, had been inflicted on innocent men, women, children and the elderly.
According to a statement from the Kenyan consulate in Goma-DRC, the former president held a round table discussion with representatives of FARDC, MONUSCO and the East African Community Regional Force and observed that the negative effects of violence by M23 rebels and other armed groups were serious violations of human rights and has led to the displacement of millions of people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
He stressed that the situation requires urgent intervention by the international community, the AUPSC and the UNSC.
The EAC facilitator called on the international community and humanitarian organizations such as Unicef, WFP, IOM and UN OCHA to respond urgently and forcefully to alleviate the dire need and human suffering.
In another separate conversation, Kenyatta expressed concern that his work has been severely hampered by the ongoing dire humanitarian crisis in and around Goma, and it is virtually impossible for him and his team to fully realize the potential of his role during the fighting and wholesale trade. relocation of towns and villages is ongoing.
He further observed that the terms of the Nairobi conclaves, which had been agreed upon by all the East African Community Heads of State, stated that the fighting forces would remain in the positions they were in at the time of the Nairobi conclaves, have not been fulfilled by the rebel groups and their backers.
“It is important to note, the mediator observed, that the humanitarian crisis now unfolding is a result of recommendations agreed in Nairobi during the Heads of State conclaves not being followed.” Kenyatta laments.
He further added that “It is crucial that this situation is resolved to enable the facilitator to fully engage the EACRF to assume its rightful positions and enable the humanitarian situation to be resolved with the utmost urgency.”
The EAC facilitator also stressed that this is likely to undermine the military track which was assumed to all maintain their positions to allow the East African Regional Force to interposition.