The meeting, which was chaired by the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, was attended by the AU-appointed Facilitator, former Prime Minister of Togo, Mr Edem Kodjo; the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Said Djinnit; the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Maman Sidikou; the European Union (EU) Managing Director For Africa, Koen Vervaeke; the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF), former President of the Helvetique Confederation, H.E Pascal Couchepin; the Executive Secretary of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), H.E. Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax and the representative of the Executive Secretary of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Amb. Ambeyi Ligabo.
The meeting took place within the framework of their partnership for peace and security in Africa, in line with their collective commitment to support the Democratic Republic Congo in consolidating the achievements made during the last decade, and in the framework of the relevant bodies of the AU and UN Security Council Resolution 2277.
The meeting was briefed by the AU-appointed Facilitator on his efforts so far in bringing together the various Congolese political actors, as well as civil society to begin the national dialogue. The UN Special Representative for the DRC also briefed the meeting on the prevailing political situation in the country with particular emphasis on the state of play with regard to the efforts to convene the national dialogue, noting that the situation remains tenuous and thus requiring the urgent need to support the Facilitator to begin the national dialogue.
Following an exchange of views and discussions, the meeting: