Democratic Republic of Congo – Death of Etienne Tshisekedi – Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (February 2, 2017)

I pay tribute to the memory of Etienne Tshisekedi, a man who stood for peace and progress and who fought throughout his life to uphold democracy and freedom in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Etienne Tshisekedi leaves an indelible mark on the history of his country. His ultimate commitment to upholding the Constitution will have contributed to the signing of the agreement of December 31, 2016.

For the sake of Etienne Tshisekedi’s memory and the future of the DRC, the hopes raised by this agreement must be swiftly translated into a democratic transition at the end of 2017.

I extend France’s heartfelt condolences to his family, political friends and the Congolese people.

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