Special Envoy Feingold Makes First Official Visit to the Great Lakes Region

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 3, 2013

Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Russell D. Feingold will be participating in a joint-visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda along with Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Koen Vervaeke, EU Special Representative to the African Union, and Boubacar Diarra, Special Representative of the African Union Chairperson for the Great Lakes Region.

The trip will be Special Envoy Feingold’s first visit to the region in his new capacity, and follows on multiple trips during his tenure as a U.S. Senator. The joint delegation will be holding discussions with the senior leadership from the respective governments and members of civil society in order to advance the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region. The envoys will also be focused on efforts to address the security situation in eastern DRC.

Following the joint-visit, Special Envoy Feingold will continue to Burundi, for meetings with the Government of Burundi and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and Ethiopia, for consultations with the African Union.

PRN: 2013/1065