The UN framework agreement--A serious peace process?

From Congo Siasa Fri Feb 15 2013, 03:08:00

The recent escalation of violence in the eastern Congo demanded new thinking--after all, this is the last in a long series of such surges in violence since the end of the UN-led peace process in 2006. While there have been many mini-peace processes since then, they have been characterized by backdoor deals, opacity, and and lack of follow-up.

The main response from the broader diplomatic and donor community has been the Framework Agreement, an effort led by the United Nations out of New York. The secretary-general launched the preparatory process through a trip by his Chief of Staff Susana Malcorra to the region in November, after which a two page paper was put together by the political affairs and peacekeeping staff in New York. Over the following months several drafts were exchanged with heads of state in the region, in particular Presidents Kagame and Kabila. The agreement was supposed to be signed at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa in January, but a diplomatic fracas between the United Nations and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) over the dispatch of a new intervention force threw a spanner in the works.

That squabble appears to have been overcome now--the SADC countries have apparently agreed to integrate a peacekeeping force of 2,500-3,000 into the UN mission, but with a souped-up mandate focused on the area of worst violence in the Kivus.

As for the Framework Agreement, it is a very vague document, still around two pages long, that consists of the three broad parts:

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Mali:   Workshop Teaches Tuareg Artisans New Skills in Exile (press release)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
4 May 2016

Taking a sheaf of palm fronds in her hand, Tuareg artisan Bintou starts to weave a decorative mat to be fixed on a newly designed desk lamp that may one day light up homes in Europe and elsewhere. An ... [read more]

Mali:   Le bilan des tensions communautaires s'alourdit dans la région de Mopti (news)
Radio France Internationale
4 May 2016

Les affrontements intercommunautaires se sont poursuivis mardi 3 mai dans la région de Mopti entre des civils des communautés peule et bambara des localités de Koroguiri et de ... [read more]

Afrique de l'Ouest:   Ayrault et Steinmeier achèvent leur visite au Sahel (news)
Radio France Internationale
4 May 2016

Jean-Marc Ayrault et son homologue allemand Frank-Walter Steinmeier ont terminé mardi soir leur visite de deux jours au Mali et au Niger. Au menu de ce déplacement le ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...