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African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal | Al Jazeera, others

24 February 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged regional African leaders to provide sustained support at the highest political and diplomatic levels to implement a newly signed United Nations-backed accord aimed at stabilizing the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from right) meets with from left: Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Joseph Kabila of the DRC and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28 January 2013. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from right) meets with from left: Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Joseph Kabila of the DRC and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28 January 2013. (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

“It is my earnest hope that the Framework will lead to an era of peace and stability for the peoples of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the signing ceremony in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

He stressed that the signing is a significant event, but only the beginning of a “comprehensive approach that will require sustained engagement.”

Eleven African countries – Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania – signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.

By doing so, they agree to preserve and protect the territorial sovereignty, as well as the peace and stability, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mr. Ban said.

For more on this story, visit: United Nations News Centre – UN urges long-term commitment to today’s peace deal on DR Congo.

Agreement could lead to UN intervention brigade of 2,500 troops to tackle armed groups in war-torn eastern region.

Leaders from Africa’s Great Lakes regional nations have signed a new peace deal aimed at bringing stability to the war-torn east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

For more on this story, visit: African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal – Africa – Al Jazeera English.

At the African Union headquarters, Ban Ki-moon said agreement on DRC would bring stability to the region

Eleven African countries signed a UN-drafted peace deal on Sunday to stabilise the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where rebels allegedly backed by neighbouring countries last year threatened to oust the government. Opening the agreement-signing meeting at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the peace, security and co-operation framework would bring stability to the region.

For more on this story, visit: Eleven states sign United Nations deal for peace in Congo | World news | The Guardian.

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