President Hage Geingob has said the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is now an international crisis that needs global assistance from the African Union (AU) and United Nations.
Geingob, who is also the Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, said this during a courtesy visit by the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region, Huang Xia, here on Wednesday.
‘SADC has decided that the war is not only a SADC problem, it has now become an international crisis and must be elevated to the AU and UN level… People are dying… and we are being cajoled to support and condemn Russia and so on, but we have our own problems that nobody seems to pay attention to, and DRC is one of them,’ the president said.
Eastern DRC has been plagued by conflict involving at least 122 rebel groups, according to a recent count by the United Nations.
Geingob said the DRC conflict is long term and needs UN recognition, noting that the conflict is beyond SADC capacity due to lack of resources such as troops.
Xia said the UN supports the AU and sub-region organisations in their efforts to find African solutions to African problems and equally to strengthen the objective of the just-ended SADC extra-ordinary Organ Troika Summit and Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) and coordination between the AU and SADC in efforts to stabilise the security situation in eastern DRC.
Source: The Namibian Press Agency