CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
There was now an increasing glimmer of
hope that the previously intractable issues of conflict and
instability in the Great Lakes Region would be resolved, South
African President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.
was made public by the Presidency after he returned from Luanda,
Angola where he attended the 6th Ordinary Summit of
International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
discussed, amongst other issues, the political and security
situation in the Great Lakes Region including South Sudan,
Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African
“A full report of
the ICGLR Summit will be presented at the next African Union
Summit, suffice for me to say there is renewed hope that we will
solve some of the conflicts that have plagued this region,” said
In this often
volatile region, security was a preoccupation of the leaders who
went behind closed doors to discuss the issue.
The summit elected a
new executive secretary and confirmed Angola’s presidency of the
group for another term.
While South Africa
is not a member of the ICGLR, the country is nonetheless always
invited as an observer to ICGLR meetings largely due to her
extensive and long-term involvement in the peace-making and
peace-keeping process in the region.
Zuma, who has
observer status, was accompanied by the Minister of Defence and
Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Minister of State
Security, Mr David Mahlobo.