Resolution on the Democratic Republic of Congo

Meeting of the Socialist International Africa Committee, Yaoundé, Cameroon, 30 June - 01 July 2000

The Socialist International Africa Committee, meeting in Yaoundé on 30 June and 1 July 2000,

Expresses its concern at the deteriorating situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo where the Lusaka Agreements of July 10, 1999 are not respected and where foreign troops are openly fighting in some areas causing numerous casualties amongst the Congolese civilian population, jeopardising the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

The Committee considers that the excuse given, of the need to secure borders, cannot justify the deadly fighting between Ugandan and Rwandan soldiers in Kisangani. The Committee adds its voice to that of the United Nations Security Council in demanding the immediate withdrawal of these troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo and eventually of all foreign troops.

Deploring certain manoeuvres aimed at sabotaging the inter-Congolese dialogue, the Africa Committee of the SI asks the international community to exert the necessary pressure in order that this dialogue take place quickly and develop as planned in the Lusaka Accords