The on-going crisis in Burundi and its regional impact; the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda; the state of play of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region; and the fight against the illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources in the Great Lakes Region were amongst the items on the agenda of the meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) for the Great Lakes Region that took place in Brussels on 18 June.
Today we join in the commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and pay tribute to more than 800,000 men, women and children who lost their lives in inhuman and deliberate atrocities.
The people of Rwanda have shown determination to rebuild both their lives and their country, and to pursue national reconciliation: in this cause they deserve the ongoing support and solidarity of the international community.
The announcement by the Congolese armed forces of the launch of military operations against the DFLR, as well as the commitment by MONUSCO to provide active support, are steps in the right direction towards attaining stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Today, 2 January 2015, marks the expiration of the six month grace period granted by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the full and unconditional surrender and demobilization of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).