Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Monday told delegates of
a joint summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the
International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) that the decisions
taken there would have consequences for Africa's future.
"Let us recognise the responsibility we carry, as
regional leaders, and ensure that the decisions we take today in this summit
will impact positively on our regional development programmes towards creating
a better Africa and a better world," Zuma said in a speech prepared for
delivery in Pretoria.
The summit would discuss solutions to problems facing the
SADC and Great Lakes regions. It would also receive the United Nations Peace
Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the region and
consider its implementation.
"As you are aware, peace, security and stability are
integral components of this agenda," he told delegates.
Zuma said that the two regions needed to work together to
urgently restore peace and security, as the UN's Intervention Brigade had now
been fully deployed to restore stability to the east of the DRC.
"South Africa is always ready to work with the UN, the
African Union, SADC and the ICGLR in addressing such important challenges as
national reconciliation, post conflict reconstruction and development, security
sector reform, disarmament, demobilisation and re-integration, as well as
institutional capacity building and economic development.
"These can only be achieved if the necessary remedies
are in place, to effectively deal with the continued threat posed by all insurgents
groups operating within the territory of the DRC," he said.