Vietnam, Indonesia call for int’l support for Great Lakes Region | Politics

A meeting of the UNSC (Photo: VNA)

New York (VNA)Vietnam and Indonesia
have emphasised the need to give priority to promoting intra-regional cooperation
in the Great Lakes Region in
Africa on the basis of peace and stability goals, and called for support
from the international community for the region.

In a joint statement delivered at an in-person meeting of the UN Security
Council (UNSC) on Great Lakes Region
in Africa on October 13, the two ASEAN member nations highlighted the
importance of implementing peace, security and cooperation agreements to address
remaining challenges in the region.

They shared views of the UNSC member nations in acknowledging cooperation efforts
of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and other countries in the
region.

The statement stressed that the root causes of instability in the region must be addressed through strengthening
conciliation and coordination in solving illegal activities of armed groups, strengthening
development cooperation, as well as solving issues related to management of natural
resources.

At the meeting, Huang Xia, Special Envoy of the UN
Secretary‑General for the Great Lakes Region updated participants on the implementation
of the 2013 Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DR
Congo and the Region over the last six months.

Xia said that the Great Lakes countries maintain their commitments to
strengthen cooperation and implement peace, security and cooperation
agreements.

He mentioned difficulties facing the region’s socio-economic development amid
the COVID-19 outbreak, saying that the member nations of Great
Lakes Region have so far reported
750,000 COVID-19 cases and they are making every effort to contain the spread
of the disease and address socio-economic impacts caused by the health crisis.

The 2013
Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework was signed by 13
countries in the Great Lakes region to cooperate in maintaining peace in DR
Congo and the region. The agreement is sponsored
by the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the
Great Lakes Region and the UN.

Indonesia and Vietnam are both non-permanent members of the UNSC in 2020. The
two countries have made several joint statements to promote ASEAN’s voice and
image since May. This month, the two countries made a joint statement on Mali’s
situation on October 8./. 

VNA

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