Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki today met and held discussions with former Presidents Olesegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, who briefed him on the current situation in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. According to press statements from the presidential press service, the meeting briefed President Kibaki on the current situation in the peace initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo and how significantly the situation in DRC has improved since the signing of the Peace Agreement in March 2009. The Peace Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Congress National Du Peuple (CNDP) has considerably improved security and humanitarian conditions in Eastern DRC.
The two former heads of state noted that joint military operations between DRC and Rwanda contributed immensely towards curtailing destabilizing activities of insurgents particularly FDLR, Interahamwe and Lords Resistance Army who are key sources of insecurity in the region. Kibaki, who is also the chairperson of the DRC Peace talks, appealed to the international community to honour their pledges and forward any form of assistance that can help achieve sustainable peace in the Eastern DRC region. The mandate of the former President Obasanjo and President Mkapa has come to an end and they are revising exit strategies as well as preparing proposals for action to ensure peace in the region.
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