President Cyril Ramaphosa believes that steps taken by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will result in the consolidation of democracy, peace and stability in the region.
Ramaphosa was speaking after returning from Luanda, Angola, which hosted the Extraordinary Summit of the SADC Double Troika, on Tuesday.Ramaphosa arrived back in the country on Tuesday night and said the Extraordinary Summit took concrete decisions in relation to the implementation of SADC decisions in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the preparations for elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as Madagascar.
In a statement the presidency said that with regards Lesotho, the Extraordinary Summit endorsed the Roadmap for Reforms and National Dialogue and urged the Government of Lesotho to prioritise the Constitutional and Security Sector Reforms, which should be completed by May 2019.
The Extraordinary Summit agreed that Ramaphosa, as the facilitator, will appoint a high profile personality to support him in his role as the facilitator.
Furthermore, the Extraordinary Summit approved the extension of the mandate of the SADC Preventative Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL) for a further period of six months, from May to November 2018.
On the DRC, the Extraordinary Summit noted the progress made in the implementation of the December 2016 Political Agreement and in the Electoral Calendar for the elections, which are scheduled to take place on 23 December 2018.
“The Extraordinary Summit called on all stakeholders to remain committed to the implementation of the Electoral Calendar and ensure a conducive environment for the holding of peaceful and credible elections,” the presidency said.
Relating to Madagascar, the Extraordinary Summit approved the urgent deployment of the SADC Special Envoy, H.E. Joaquim Chissano, former president of Mozambique, to be assisted by the chair of the ministerial committee of the organ, Angolan external relations minister Manuel Domingos Augusto, and the SADC secretariat to facilitate a national dialogue aimed at the de-escalation of the political tensions and reaching consensus on the electoral process.
Ramaphosa’s delegation at the Extraordinary Summit included International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Police Minister Bheki Cele and State Security Deputy Minister Ellen Molekane.
– African News Agency (ANA)