UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- A UN spokesperson on Monday said that UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has called the recent Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, a milestone.
"The secretary-general feels that the signing of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region is an extremely important development," said Martin Nesirky, Ban's spokesperson, who spoke to the press at a daily briefing on a phone call from Abu Dahbi, the capital and second largest city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The UN chief is currently in the UAE on a tour to several African and European countries.
Nesirky added: "The secretary-general considers this framework a milestone. He recognizes that its signing is a start and his focus will now be on the implementation of the commitments made."
"The framework, signed on Sunday in Addis Ababa, has been welcomed by the (UN) Security Council, the European Commission and others," said the spokesperson.
The peace deal, which was signed by 11 countries in the region, is designed to bring stability to the country which has been troubled by movements of armed rebel groups like the M23, which stormed the capital of Goma late last year.
The deal "also voiced support for the swift designation of a United Nations Special Envoy to support, coordinate and assess national and regional efforts for the implementation of the Framework," said Nesirky.
He also announced that Ban will brief the Security Council early next week on the developments in the DRC.