AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Amb. Ramtane Lamamra visited Rwanda this January, 2013, to discuss issues revolving around ongoing crisis in the Eastern DR Congo.
Amb. Lamamra visited the president of the republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame at his office on the last day of his five— day trip.
He expressed that his meeting with president Kagame went on very well— seeking a solution to the crises across the continent but especially in the Great Lakes Region.
Amb. Lamamra travelled to Rwanda purposely to seek Rwanda’s view on finding a solution to the Eastern DR Congo crisis and to discuss cooperation between Rwanda, the AU and the Peace and Security Commission, given Rwanda’s new role as a non permanent member of the UN Security Council and 50th anniversary of AU among others.
He reiterated that the Congo problem needs a realistic approach in order to solve it. To avoid a recurrence, the Congo problem must be tackled from the root cause.
“This visit has given me a deeper insight into what the Congo problem really is.”
During the trip, Amb. Lamamra visited Ntarama Genocide Memorial Site and planted a tree for a souvenir at the Rwanda Military Academy in Gako.
The ongoing DRC crisis issue will be thoroughly discussed during the upcoming AU Summit scheduled for January 27- 28 2013.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo said the fact that the AU Commissioner for peace and security is visiting shows that the AU is keen of finding a lasting solution to the conflict in Congo.
“Since the problems in Congo have been there for a long time, this calls for a deliberate approach to deal with the causes and not symptoms,” Mushikiwabo said.