Increasingly concerned about the political impasse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations and regional partner organisations are urging political actors to work out how to implement the December 31 political agreement on a timeframe for elections.
The UN, the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) on Thursday released a joint statement warning that the situation “has the potential to undermine the political goodwill” that led to the signing of the agreement in December.
“The four partner organisations note that six weeks after agreeing on the modalities of a transition period leading to the holding of peaceful and credible elections by December 2017, the parties are yet to conclude discussions on the effective implementation of the agreement,” the statement said.
The agreement – facilitated by Conférence Episcopale Nationale du Congo (CENCO) mediators, and reached in DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, on December 31, 2016 – would result in new elections being held in the country before the end of the year and for President Joseph Kabila to step down.
In the statement, the four partner organisations reaffirm the need for all parties to rally behind the mediation efforts by CENCO, and urge all stakeholders “to redouble, in good faith” their efforts to conclude the ongoing talks.
A lack of implementation plans threaten to shake the “legitimacy of the transitional institutions until elections,” the partners said.
– African News Agency (ANA)