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GERMANY HOSTS INTERNATIONAL CONTACT GROUP MEETING

Wednesday, 12th December 2018
Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita, ICGLR Executive Secretary, makes his remarks at the Meeting International Contact Group of the Special Envoys for the Great Lakes region
Germany in its capacity as the current chair of the International Contact Group (ICG) of the Special Envoys for the Great Lakes region hosted a meeting with the Special Envoys and international and regional stakeholders on 16th November 2018 in Berlin. The ICG for the Great Lakes region of Africa is an informal group composed of the United Nations (Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes; MONUSCO/Department for Peace Keeping Operations; Department of Political Affairs; Office of the Special Envoy for Burundi), the European Union (European External Action Service - EEAS), USA, African Union (AU), South Africa and several EU Member States (Belgium, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland) that are important donors in the region.

The regional stakeholders at the Berlin meeting included envoys from Angola, Burundi, DRC, Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Ambassador Marcel Tibaleka represented Uganda.

The other international stakeholders included the East African Community (EAC), International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Organisation pour la Francophonie (OIF) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The objective of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for exchange with regard to the developments in the region, with a special emphasis on the Democratic Republic of Congo and on Burundi. The meeting also served as a continuation of the discussions started during the informal meeting between the Special Envoys and interested parties on peace, stabilization and development in the Great Lakes region on 27th September 2018 in New York.

Source: Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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