DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania on Tuesday held the first SADC Troika Summit since that country was elected to chair the Troika on Politics, Defence and Security in Maputo, Mozambique last month.
The Heads of State of Mozambique, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo DRCand Tanzania attended the Summit, while South Africa was represented by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
It was convened by the Southern African Development Community SADC)’s current chairperson and president of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, following talks with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Kigali last week on the political crisis in the DRC.
Rwanda is being accused of supporting rebels in the DRC, who are fighting against the government of President Joseph Kabila.
A communiqué issued by SADC after the one-day closed-door Summit said the Troika Summit reaffirmed its commitment to the decisions of the Maputo SADC 2012 Summit on the prevailing security situation in the eastern DRC.
The SADC Troika commended the International Conference on the Great Lakes’ Region ICGLRfor its efforts in finding a lasting solution to the eastern DRC challenges, and expressed SADC’s readiness to work together with the ICGLR.
The Troika also called on the international community to support the efforts of the ICGLR, and to continue providing the much-needed humanitarian assistance to the displaced people in the eastern DRC.
The Organ undertook to remain seized with the developments in the eastern DRC, and agreed to convene again soon to deliberate on the developments in Madagascar and Zimbabwe.
The Troika then congratulated the people of Angola for holding peaceful, credible, free and fair elections on 31 August this year, and also congratulated President Eduardo dos Santos and the MPLA Party for winning these elections.