SADC Ministers discuss DRC situation ahead of UN meeting

By ZBC Reporter

SADC foreign ministers have held a preparatory meeting ahead of their engagement with the United Nations Secretary General on the proposed intervention of the UN forces in Eastern DRC.

SADC has on several occasions expressed its position and support for a stable, peaceful and prosperous Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

With the political instability in the eastern parts of the country attracting international spotlight, the United Nations is mulling deploying forces to beef up the Force Intervention Brigade, which is already on the ground.

However, the decision will be adopted after a meeting between SADC foreign ministers and the UN Secretary General, António Guterres on the 31st of this month.

On the Zimbabwean side, the meeting was also attended by Defence and War Veterans Affairs Minister, Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri and her State Security counterpart, Cde Owen Ncube.

Other countries in attendance were the troop contributing countries to the DRC; that is Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, as well as Botswana, which chairs the SADC Troika.

During the 40th Session of the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government held on 17 Aug 2020, the Heads of State noted the unilateral decision by the UN regarding the reconfiguration of the FIB.

The SADC Summit directed the convening of a consultative meeting between SADC and the United Nations Secretary General at Ministerial level to come up with a position that does not undermine the operational effectiveness and unity of command and control of the FIB.