Zuma returns from Great Lakes summit

2015-05-19 10:10
Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has returned from Angola, where it was decided by the Extra Ordinary Summit of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) that the postponement of elections in Burundi did not have a deadline.

"The summit... agreed that the postponement of elections should not have a time frame as there was unrest in the country and the elections should be postponed indefinitely until there’s stability, which would allow the elections to be free and fair," Zuma said in a statement.

"We have also agreed that a delegation of heads of state from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa will visit Burundi in the shortest possible time to evaluate the situation and contribute to the peaceful resolution of the current situation."

Zuma attended the summit on invitation from Angolan President Eduardo Dos Santos, who is the chairperson of the ICGLR.

South Africa has an observer status on the ICGLR.

The president described the summit, which discussed the direction to be taken to solve challenges of peace and stability in parts of the Great Lakes region, as "fruitful".

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Burundi and South Sudan were discussed, as well as the issue of terrorism.

On the DRC, the summit encouraged the government to neutralise the FDLR rebels and what it called negative forces in the Eastern DRC.

The summit also agreed to convene a joint ICGLR and Economic Community of Central African States summit on the situation in CAR.

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