Luxembourg's Foreign Minister at the Security Council high-level debate on the situation in the Great Lakes region
Minister Asselborn participated in the Security Council high-level debate on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in the Great Lakes region, organised on the initiative of the US and presided over by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Minister's participation in this debate is a testimony to Luxembourg's political commitment to the cause of peace, security and cooperation in the region.
The debate was an opportunity for the Security Council to take stock of the implementation of the framework agreement for peace, security and cooperation for the DRC and the region, signed in Addis Ababa on 24 February 2013, which is the cornerstone of the peacebuilding and stabilisation process of the region.
Deploring the millions of victims, displaced persons and individuals deprived of their livelihoods and dignity by this conflict, which has been raging for too long, Minister Asselborn underscored the merits of the framework agreement: it takes into account the root causes of conflicts and underlined the ownership of the region's countries of a process which is supposed to end recurring violence and lay the foundations for a truly dynamic regional economic development.
The Minister commented the spectrum of recent initiatives taken by the DRC, welcoming notably the setting up of a national mechanism for the monitoring of the commitments taken under the framework agreement and for the establishment of a new independent national electoral commission, paving the way for the organisation of provincial and local elections. Minister Asselborn also commended the positive role played by the intervention brigade, which was implemented at the time of the redesign of the UN Mission for Stabilisation in the DRC (MONUSCO).
In this context, Minister Asselborn reiterated the call to the signatories of the framework agreement to implement the totality of their commitments in good faith and with all due diligence, including the commitment not to tolerate nor support in any way armed groups, in order to start a virtuous circle allowing the populations of the region finally to emerge from an unacceptable situation which has lasted for too long.