DR of Congo: UN-backed mediation team completes draft of transitional agreement

22 November 2002

A draft framework for an all-inclusive power-sharing arrangement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been prepared by the United Nations and South African mediation team in Pretoria, a UN spokesman in New York said today.

The draft agreement could be adopted tomorrow by all eight components and entities participating in the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, barring any last minute difficulties, Stephane Dujarric said.

Three technical committees that will be charged with preparing annexes to the agreement will begin working next week, after which a final round of talks will be held the second week of December in Pretoria, he added.

Last month, the Special Envoy of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Moustapha Niasse, started a series of informal consultations with the DRC Government, the Movement for the Liberation of Congo and the Congolese Rally for Democracy-Goma, as well as representatives of other armed groups and political parties on transitional political arrangements in the war-torn country.

The consultations took place in Pretoria with the active support of the African Union and the Government of South Africa.


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