The summit of the Troika of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation plus the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi and South Africa ended yesterday, with the final discussions taking place at the State House.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who is also the chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, chaired the discussions.
The summit was attended by DRC President, Joseph Kabila Kabange, Lesotho’s Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, Malawian President Dr Joyce Banda, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and South Africa’s Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
The discussions included a commendation to Malawi, Tanzania and South Africa for deploying forces under the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Monusco) in eastern DRC. Delegates also expressed concern at the deployment of Rwandan troops along the common border with the DRC and the hope Rwanda does not contemplate an invasion into the DRC for that would complicate the situation.
The situation in Madagascar has been tranquil since the special reformed electoral court withdrew the nine candidates including Lalao Ravalomanana, Andry Rajoelina and Didier Ratsiraka.
The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) representatives and heads of state also called upon international parties to provide financial, technical, material and logistical support for the holding of peaceful, free, fair, transparent and credible elections in the DRC and to also support the socio-economic recovery programmes of Madagascar.
During the summit, the leaders further raised concerns over Madagascar’s food insecurity caused by the locusts feeding on crops. They finally expressed their appreciation to the Government and people of Namibia for the warm hospitality that had been extended to all of them.