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EU Welcomes DR Congo Peace Deal; Commends UN Chief, African Leaders

The European Union has welcomed the adoption in Addis Ababa on Sunday of a "Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region".

EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton and Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs in a joint statement commended the UN Secretary General for his strong leadership and the leaders of the region to have chosen dialogue and cooperation as a basis for addressing the many challenges the region is facing.

"We welcome the framework agreement signed today as well as the upcoming appointment of a UN envoy. We also support a stronger MONUSCO. These are important steps in order to find sustainable, political solutions for the structural problems both at domestic and at regional level," they said.

By adopting the agreement, leaders of the DRC and the region commit to respect important principles related to good neighborliness and to take the concrete action at home that is needed, the statement added.

The European Union also welcomed the contribution provided by the regional mediation between the DRC government and the M23, led by Uganda. The EU called on the parties to negotiate in good faith and to prevent the resumption of hostilities in eastern DRC.

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