WASHINGTON: The outgoing top US diplomat for Africa, Johnnie Carson, called yesterday for world leaders to back an international peace plan to end the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Carson said a sophisticated and internationally backed solution is clearly the only way forward, highlighting how the international community had come together to back the Dayton Accords that ended the war in the former Yugoslavia in 1995.
He also pointed to the model of Sudan, telling The Brookings Institution think-tank that ‘a similarly energetic and international effort is now required for the DRC.’
The United Nations said last week it was seeking to revive a peace accord African leaders refused to sign last month that would allow a UN intervention brigade to operate in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Under the deal, the UN would deploy a 2,500-strong ‘intervention brigade’ in eastern DR Congo.