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Southern African Community condemns coup attempt in DRC

Luanda, May 20 (Prensa Latina) The extraordinary summit of heads of state and government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) today condemned the attempted coup d'état in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Meeting virtually, the dignitaries strongly rejected the attack perpetrated the day before “by a group of terrorists composed of nationals and foreigners with the aim of destabilizing the democratic institutions of the DRC,” the final statement of the meeting said.

SADC reaffirmed its categorical opposition to unconstitutional changes of government and reiterated its commitment to support the efforts made by the authorities of that country to safeguard the territorial integrity and sovereignty, as well as the security of the population.

Angolan President João Lourenço, who led the meeting in his capacity as pro tempore president of the Community, also condemned the attempt and reaffirmed zero tolerance against violent changes on the continent, which go against the African Union Charter and SADC principles.

Lourenço also expressed his solidarity with the Congolese people who, in addition to facing a difficult and long armed conflict, have just experienced this challenge that has attacked State institutions, reported the Angolan Press Agency.