n Conflict Trends - Towards peace in the DRC : a brief assessment of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement and the Inter-Congolese Dialogues : peace and security

Volume 2003, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


In only three years the conflict situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo exploded into what many have regarded as 'Africa War One'. The DRC war has already seen approximately 23 recorded peace initiatives since 1997. The most important of these initiatives came with the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement signed on 10 July 1999. The creation and signing of the Lusaka Agreement was achieved with much difficulty. Chapter Three of the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement presented the calendar for the implementation of the agreement, with the total number of days stipulated for the full implementation from the date of signature being 270 days. These 270 days progressively elapsed into more than four years of brutal conflict.

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