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African Union Asked To Get Involved In DR Congo’s Affairs

African Union Asked To Get Involved In DR Congo’s Affairs

International Relations experts have called for the African Union ’s active involvement in the efforts to relax tensions in DR Congo.

The call comes as the fight between the government troops and M23 rebels has left thousands displaced from their homes. Many of these have moved from their country to Uganda to seek asylum.

The UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC has played a key role in restoring peace in the country. However, it should be noted that the African Union has immensely been silent over the issue.

Retired diplomat, Ambassador Harold Agyeman, has challenged Uganda to play a more active role in addressing the security crisis in DRC.

“The first step is to bring about the ceasefire. Then all the parties including those who are fighting should be engaged. And really, even the neighbors Uganda, should play an important role in putting an end to what is happening there because it affects them,” he said.

Just last weekend, the M23 rebels captured new territories in the DRC’s North Kivu province. This forced tens of thousands of people flee for safety. This added to the already catastrophic humanitarian situation in eastern Congo.

As for the African Union, it has called for dialogue. Any regional agreement is going to need to address the protection and humanitarian concerns of affected civilians.

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