The military leaders of the East African bloc agreed on the "urgent" need to deploy a regional military force in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The agreement was made public on Tuesday, following the end of a two-day meeting in the capital Goma of northern Kivu province.

"After assessing the current security situation in eastern Congo, the leaders of the armies agreed on the urgent deployment of a regional military force in the east of the country," said the spokesman for the governor of the northern province of Kivu, Sylvain Ekenge, without given more detailed explanations, the Telegraph reports.

"The leaders of the armies stated that the establishment of a regional military force would be an aid in restoring peace and security in the country," he added.

The purpose of the meeting was to concretize one of the resolutions adopted at a summit held by the heads of East African states in the Kenyan capital, on April 21 this year.

East African countries have appealed to local military groups in the Congo to join a political process to address their grievances and issues, or else they will be dealt with by regional military forces.

/ Telegraphy /

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