Closing Remarks by the Minister of Defence, Gen Marcel Gatsinzi, at the 6th Tripartite Plus Meeting of Chiefs of Defence Forces, Kigali, 20 June 2008
- The Chiefs of Defence Forces,
- The MONUC Force Commander,
- The Presidential Special Envoy in Charge of the Great Lakes Region,
- The United States Facilitator,
- Members of the Diplomatic Corp,
- Distinguished delegates,
- All protocols observed.
On behalf of the Government of Rwanda and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Rwanda, I have the honour and privilege to preside over the closing ceremony of the 6th Tripartite Plus Meeting of the Chiefs of Defence Forces.
I wish to thank you individually and collectively for the open, frank and fruitful deliberations. I wish in particular, to thank you for adopting an updated and enriched operational plan as well as other decisions and measures aimed at neutralizing the Negative Forces.
Distinguished delegates, I cannot end my closing remarks without repeating the remark I made this morning during my opening address. ”A plan that does not get implemented is as good as no plan”.
The neutralization of the Negative Forces will remain a nightmare unless we implement and even monitor and evaluate the implementation of our plans.
I need not remind you that there cannot be sustainable socio–economic and political development in our respective countries unless all the Negative Forces that continue to roam around our region are decisively dealt with.
Distinguished delegates, in our (Rwandese) culture we do not remind or encourage visitors to go back home. However, those of you who are in hurry to go back for one reason or another, I say “safe journey”.
It is now my pleasure to declare the 6th Tripartite Plus Meeting of Chiefs of Defence Forces officially closed.
Once again I thank you.
See also the Joint Communiqué of the meeting.