PSC/PR/COMM.(CDLXXXVIII) Page 1 COMMUNIQUÉ The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 488th meeting held on 23 February 2015, adopted the following decision on the situation in the Great Lakes Region: Council, 1. Takes note of the briefing provided by the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission for the Great Lakes Region, as well as of the statement made by the representative of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Council also takes note of the statements made by the representatives of the Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), South Africa and Zimbabwe, as Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Chair of SADC, respectively, the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), as well as by those of France, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, in their capacity as members of the UN Security Council; 2. Reiterates the AU’s commitment to the respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of the DRC and of all the other countries of the Great Lakes Region; 3. Recalls its previous communiqués and press statements on the situation in eastern DRC and on the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the DRC and the Region, in particular press statement PSC/PR/BR/1.(CDXLII) and communiqué PSC/PR/COMM.(CDLII) adopted at its 442nd and 452nd meetings, held on 17 June and 22 August 2014, respectively; 4. Stresses the crucial importance of the scrupulous and timely implementation of the PSC Framework for the promotion of lasting peace, security and stability in the Great Lakes Region, and urges all the signatory countries to honor their commitments under the Framework. Council notes with satisfaction the conclusions of the 9th meeting of the Technical Support Committee (TSC), held in Nairobi, on 9 and 10 January 2015, as well as the communiqué issued following the 5th meeting of the PSC Framework Regional Oversight Mechanism, held in Addis Ababa, on 31 January 2015, including the encouragement of efforts to promote confidence among the States of the Region, especially those deployed by President Eduardo dos Santos of Angola, in his capacity as current Chairman of the ICGLR ; 5. Further stresses the important role of the Guarantors of the PSC Framework, namely the AU, the UN, the ICGLR and SADC, in support of the implementation process of the Framework, welcomes the convening, in Addis Ababa, on 1 December 2014, of the 1st meeting of the Guarantors and encourages them to convene, whenever necessary, such meetings. Council also welcomes the close coordination existing among the international Special Envoys for the Great Lakes Region, including the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission, and encourages them to continue and intensify their collective efforts in support of the implementation of the PSC Framework;

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