Members of parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo are demanding the government cut diplomatic ties with its small western neighbour Congo-Brazzaville over the expulsion of tens-of-thousands of its citizens, amid claims of physical and sexual abuse by security personnel.
More than 130,000 citizens of the DRC have been deported from Brazzaville, capital of the country also known as Republic of Congo, since April 4, according to the United Nations. The UN demanded an immediate halt to the expulsions on May 26 saying it was causing a humanitarian crisis, and called on authorities of Congo-Brazzaville to investigate rights abuse allegations.
Angola to host joint ICGLR- SADC summit on DRC conflict
Angola will this week host a joint ministerial meeting of member states of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and Southern Africa Development Community to discuss the political situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.The Angolan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that ministers responsible for foreign affairs or external relations from the two blocs would gather in Luanda on July 1 and 2 to review the decisions of another joint summit held in South Africa last November on the political and security situation in eastern DRC.
The heavy equipment used by South African military engineers working on roads in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) can only be serviced in South Africa, the defence department said on Tuesday.