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UN Security Council Urges Security Agreement for Africa's Great Lakes Region

By VOA News | Published on January 29, 2006

The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a resolution aimed at bringing security to Africa's troubled Great Lakes region.

In the resolution, the Security Council Friday called on regional leaders to finalize preparations for summit devoted to signing a peace and security agreement.

The summit had been scheduled for last month, but was delayed until after a rescheduled election in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Security Council also expressed deep concern over ongoing insurgencies in the region, and urged leaders to work toward a security and development pact.

The Great Lakes region has been devastated by decades of conflict, including civil wars in Uganda, Burundi and Congo, and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Millions of people have been killed during the violence.

Foreign ministers of 13 nations (Belgium, Burundi, Botswana, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Namibia, Qatar, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) attended the one-day meeting at the UN.

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