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UN envoy seeks to enhance peace, security in Great Lakes region

23 August 2014, 08:20

Nairobi - A senior UN special envoy has begun a regional tour aimed at seeking partnerships to enhance peace and security in the troubled Great Lakes Region, officials said on Friday.

The UN Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General (SESG) for the Great Lakes region Said Djinnit has been holding meetings with Kenya's government officials to introduce himself and seek support for the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement which was inked in Ethiopia in July 2013.

"I would like to build on the achievements of my predecessor, Mary Robinson, and promote a strong partnership around the Framework Agreement also known as the 'Framework of Hope'," Djinnit said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Djinnit arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday to start a multiple destination travel in the Great Lakes region, and to make first contact with the countries' leaders since his appointment in July.

The UN special envoy told Kenyan authorities that he was encouraged by the pledge that they made in support of the Framework Agreement.

The 13 countries of the region have signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement to commit every signatory to collaborate and improve the overall security situation in the region.

The framework requires DR Congo to deepen security sector reform, particularly with respect to the army and police; to consolidate state authority, particularly in eastern parts of the country, including preventing armed groups from destabilising its neighbours.

Djinnit, who also held talks with heads of UN agencies in Nairobi as well as with the team members of his office, also intends to travel to the capitals of other signatory countries of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework.

He is expected to meet with the respective authorities and with representatives of regional bodies such as the African Union (AU) and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

 - Xinhua

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