The U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Thomas Perriello; and The UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Said Djinnit made it known on the side lines of the 2015 united national general assembly in new York.
Addressing a well packed audience during a seminar on Conflict, Democracy and Development in the Great Lakes Region, Djinnit stated that he has followed developments in the Great Lakes region since as a Diplomat.
Djinnit added that, as a representative of international community has been working as a diplomat from Algeria for the OAU/AU since 1989, that made him part of all the developments and tragedies in the region – in Africa in general and in the Great Lakes.
According to him, the most devastating conflicts that took place in the region was the devastating conflict in the DRC. He noted that the DRC is the only country that there was a conflict, that brought,””for the first time in history in Africa, armies facing each other.
“It’s the first time in history we had conflicts but these – we never had 12 armies from African countries facing each other on the DRC. And you had the genocide in Rwanda. And we felt bad as Africans and we felt bad as international community about what could have been done to prevent the genocide in Rwanda”.
That has changed the vision of Africa and the vision of the world.
“And then there was some progress. I mean, with all these war, the first war, the second war in Congo, in the DRC, the genocide, the Burundi crisis”,
According to Djinnit, he’s been working with Mandela and Mbeki to try to put the pieces together to a certain point but had to leave the region for six years and a half.
He admitted that coming back as been different since ECOWAS seems to be quiet stable.
“To be honest, the picture is quite different”, said the united nations special envoy Said Djinnit.
Source- Frank Owusu Obimpeh