Opening of the 2nd extraordinary session of the specialized technical committee of ECCAS

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Kinshasa, May 2nd, 2022 (CPA).- The Minister of National Defense and Veterans, Gilbert Kabanda Kurhenga, opened, Thursday at CHESD in Kinshasa, the 2nd extraordinary session of the Specialized Technical Committee for Defense, Safety and Security of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), placed under the high patronage of the Head of State and Supreme Commander of the FARDC, Félix Antoine Tshisekedi, in his capacity as current President of ECCAS. Four points are on the agenda of this session which has the participation of the Chiefs of General Staff of the Central African States.

These are the security political situation in Central Africa, the operationalization of the ECCAS committee of wise men, the strengthening of the multinational force as well as other instruments for the implementation of the peace and security committee of the Central Africa and the adaptation of the Central African Multinational Force (FOMAC) to the fundamental texts of ECCAS.

The Minister of National Defense and Veterans recalled, on this occasion, that this session opens in a particular context characterized by threats to peace, security and stability in the sub-region. Thus, he invited the participants to propose effective recommendations in order to get the sub-region out of this crisis situation.

The Chairman of the ECCAS Commission, Ambassador Gilberto recalled that peace in the sub-region continues to be threatened despite the commendable efforts that Member States continue to make in this area. To this end, he underlined that during the two days of work, the committee must not lose sight of its responsibilities in terms of conflict prevention, of identifying the seeds of crises liable to turn into violent conflicts and preventing by way of diplomacy, in order to ensure pacification in the region. ACP/