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Congo War: UN Roots For Renewed Kampala Peace Talks

Sam Kutesa

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The Uganda delegation to the Conference, which opened last Saturday, is being led by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa.

Other top Ugandan officials attending the summit, which is aimed at finding a political and homegrown solution to the conflict in the eastern part of DRC, include Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga, Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen Katumba Wamala among others.

Uganda’s ambassador to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero on Monday quoted Robinson as calling for the “transformation of the ‘Pact of hope’ into concrete action.”

Robinson further said the “ongoing fighting in DRC is unacceptable.”

The remarks come at a time of heightened tensions in Eastern DRC after government launched military operations against M23 positions especially in Kibati and Kanyarucinya.

Violent clashes between the government and rebels have since April 14 seen thousands flee Congo to neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda refugee camps.

4,200 people were recently compelled to flee to the provincial capital, Goma, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The displaced are sleeping in schools and churches in Goma. UNHCR staff reported that more than 660 people who fled to Rwanda earlier this week to escape this fighting in DRC, remain there.

According to the leader of the M23 delegation in Uganda, Rene Abandi, the DRC government does not appear interested in the peace talks.

“The head of the DRC government delegation and his deputy are not here yet according to the rules of procedure; one of them has to be around. This means there is no political will on the part of government to make peace,” Abandi told Chimpreports in an exclusive interview last week in Kampala.

He added: “It seems they believe in the military option. DRC army is continuing to reinforce and attack us with the help of negative forces such as FDLR. For us we still believe in the peace process but when it becomes clear that talks can’t continue we will go back home.”

During the meeting in Nairobi, sources say, Uganda security officials are expected to assure their counterparts in the region that they will not look on idly as DRC-based rebel group, ADF continues to reorganize, rearm and train combatants to attack through western Uganda.

ADF’s recent assault pushed over 10,000 Congolese to refugee camps in Bundibugyo District of western Uganda.

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