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IP/09/1737

Brussels, 18 November 2009

Positive developments towards a resolution of the problems of Eastern Congo – European Commission encourages continued rapprochement between DRC and Rwanda

“The presentation by the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo of his credentials to Rwanda and the arrest of one of the heads of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (DFLR) and his deputy in Germany are positive recent developments which demonstrate that there is a real commitment, internationally and regionally, to work towards the stabilisation of the Great Lakes region”, said Karel de Gucht, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.

He added: “We are moving in the right direction: the exchange of ambassadors will facilitate dialogue on sensitive issues between the two countries, something that is only to be welcomed. I hope that other countries in Europe and the wider world will soon follow the brave example set by Germany in combating impunity.”

The Commission endorses the call by the DRC authorities for DFLR combatants and members of other armed groups to disarm, demobilise and rejoin society.

The European Commission funds humanitarian operations in the DRC and is helping to rehabilitate Eastern Congo and, with the financial support of EU Member States, restore the judicial system. At regional level it supports the relaunch of the Great Lakes Economic Community (GLEC).


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