The ICGLR leaders have commended President Yoweri Museveni who is the outgoing chairman for his peace efforts in the region.
They specifically cited the successful mediation between the DRC Government and the ex-M23 group.
The 5th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Great Lakes Region has closed with a call by the new chairman President Jose Edwardo Dos Santos for joint efforts for security, peace, stability and development in the region.
President Dos Santos further emphasized the importance of establishing State Institutions in the Central African Republic that will spear-head reconciliation, peace and development.
On the situation in Southern Sudan, the Angolan leader said he was optimistic that the cessation of hostilities will soon be achieved to allow negotiations for peace a chance.
The Summit was attended by President Yoweri Museveni, who handed over the office to the incoming Chairman President Edwardo Dos Santos of Angola, the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyata, that of Rwanda Paul Kagame, the president of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza and that of South Africa Jacob Zuma who attended as a guest of honor.
Countries represented by powerful delegations included Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia and Congo.