MPLA reaffirms Angola’s committed to search for peace in Africa

Luanda – Angola’s commitment to peace in southern Africa sub-region remains part of its agenda, said the ruling MPLA party’s secretary general, noting that it is on this sense the president Jose Eduardo focuses his effort, in his capacity as chairperson of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

Antonio Paulo Kassoma was speaking Thursday at the opening of the meeting gathering the secretaries-general of the southern Africa’s political parties that emerged from the national liberation movements.

Addressing the representatives of the ruling parties in Angola, MPLA, Tanzania (CCM), Namibia (Swapo), South Africa (ANC), Zimbabwe (Zanu-PF), and Mozambique (Frelimo), the official said that the meeting is taking place in a regional context marked by some tension.

He alluded to the situation in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), characterised

by a military conflict that claimed thousands of lives and the influx of refugees into neighboring countries.

“Thousands of refugees from the DRC take refuge to Angola to find protection,” he said, noting that some successes achieved under ICGLR are being sacrificed due conflict, which in its pick, turn into ethnic and tribal conflict, the official.

In a joint effort with UN specialized organisations, the Angolan State shelters and offers minimum conditions to refugees from DRC, said the MPLA secretary general.

In the face of this situation, the politician stressed that the President of MPLA and Republic, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, vows to continue with joint efforts, in coordination with the other heads of State of the sub-region, to achieve lasting peace in the DRC.

As for the recent disruption of peace in Mozambique, Paulo Kassoma predicted consolidation of the signs of understanding and peace to ensure tranquility and progress in the brother country.

In his turn, the Frelimo secretary general, Eliseu Joaquim Machava, reiterated the solidarity and strong desire of the MPLA and the Angolans to see the homeland of Samora Machel in peace and harmony, towards development.

The party leader also said he was optimistic about the retrieval of political stability in South Africa.

He praising the cooperation and solidarity beteween the former liberation movements in Southern Africa and the Communist Party of China (CPC).

The meeting, which is closing Thursday, is meant to coordinate points of view on issues of common interest and strengthening the relations that bring together these parties.

Source: Angola Press News Agency