Burundi hosts the 20th Extraordinary Summit of EAC Heads of State –

Apart from the President of South Sudan who was represented by his Minister for East African Community Affairs Mr Deng Alor Kuol, all the other Heads of State of the member countries of this community made the trip to take part in this encounter.

In his speech delivered on the occasion of this summit which continued behind closed doors, the President of the EAC returned to the decisions which were taken during the previous summits held in Luanda, Nairobi and Sharm El Sheikh expressing its concern for the non-improvement of the security situation in eastern DRC.

“These last few months have been marked by the non-application of the directives of the Summits of Heads of State, hence the urgent holding of this extraordinary summit” suggested the Burundian President inviting his counterparts to accelerate the implementation of these decisions. for the good of the Congolese population in particular and of the whole region in general.

“Political Federation will not be possible as long as any of the EAC Member States faces insecurity,” he said, stressing the urgency of restoring peace and security.

Thus, the 20th Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of the East African Community, among other things, decreed an immediate ceasefire by all parties, the withdrawal of all armed groups and ordered the Chiefs of the Defense Forces to meet within a week and establish new timelines for the withdrawal and recommend the appropriate deployment matrix.

Moreover, the Heads of State add that this process must be accompanied by dialogue. Violations should be reported to the Summit Chairman for immediate consultation with the Summit members, as stipulated in the communiqué sanctioning the Summit read by Mr. Peter Mutuku Mathuki, Secretary General of the EAC.

It should be noted that on the sidelines of this summit, the Head of State His Excellency Evariste Ndayishimiye met behind closed doors with his Rwandan counterpart, His Excellency Paul Kagame.

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