In March 2013 Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland and UN high commissioner for human rights was appointed special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes region to bolster implementation of thePeace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the region, an accord signed by 11 African countries in February that year.

The envoy’s role is to negotiate with leaders in the region, often highly mistrustful of each other, and find a way to create lastin...

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