Commissioner Michel's two day shuttle diplomacy mission included meetings with both the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, and President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. Commissioner Michel believes that any future 'Nairobi 2' summit is essential to bring both leaders, as well as other key regional leaders and international representatives, to negotiations at the same table. Only a political solution that deals with the root causes of the crisis can bring stability. The Nairobi agreement of November 2007 and the Goma conference of January this year remain the points of reference to start a renewed peace process.
Commissioner Michel stated; "After two days of positive talks with both President Kabila and President Kagame, it is clear that we must find a solution through dialogue. As I have said all along, any solution to the Kivu issue will only be found through a diplomatic and political response not a military one. That's why I believe it is crucial that all sides now come around the same table to work towards a solution based upon the November 2007 Nairobi accord and this year's Goma conference. An inclusive peace summit, under the auspices of the UN and which includes all key regional leaders, is the only way forward."