The Inter-Ministerial meeting that brought together Defense ministers from eleven member countries in the Great Lakes Region have recommended new strategies that will curb down the armed groups currently causing insecurity and instability in the region.
The new strategies were adopted during a one day meeting of Defense Ministers under the auspices of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) held at Lemigo Hotel, Kigali.
The high level meeting co-chaired by Rwanda’s Defense Minister Gen. James Kabarebe and Uganda’s Defense Minister, Hon.Dr. Crispus Kiyonga reaffirmed their commitment to the efforts in the fight against negative forces in the region and committed their governments to expeditiously implement the ICGLR ‘protocol on non-aggression and mutual defense in the Great Lakes Region.
According to the statement the meeting also welcomed the African Union’s initiative to deal with LRA in the Great Lakes Region and urged the continental body to extend the initiative to cover all other armed groups in the region that are mainly based in DR Congo and Central African republic.
The recommendations also vows to support and facilitate implementation of cessation clause on Rwandan refugees due in Dec. 31.
The Ministers further urged regional governments to integrate and implement the best practice guidelines on practical disarmament developed by RECSA as well as the fight against terrorism in the region.
The Inter- Ministerial meeting examined the report of experts meeting held from September 7 -8 specifically taking note of the request by Sudan governments that the illegal armed groups in Darfur to be recognized as negative forces and be fought under ICGLR strategies.
The one day inter-ministerial defense meeting’s recommendations were based on the report of the two day experts meeting that was held before.
ICGLR brings together Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.