Congo War: Kagame Warns Against Hypocrisy


site geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The President made the remarks during the High Level meeting on the Democratic Republic of Congo framework agreement that took place at the headquarters of the United Nations on Tuesday.

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viagra geneva;”>The meeting most of which was held in private was chaired by the secretary General of the UN, pharm Ban Ki Moon and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Addressing the gathering, President Paul Kagame welcomed in particular the benchmarks and indicators related to the neutralization and disarmament of all armed groups that have wrecked havoc in the entire region for decades.

“We look forward to the materialization of these commitments alongside the economic aspects of the Framework committed and empowered by the UN Secretary-General and World Bank President when they visited the region few months ago,” said Kagame.

“Let our commitments become deeds for the sake of the peace our populations aspire to. Let our words become action for the benefit of our nations.”

President Kagame’s remarks were perceived as veiled reminders to DRC to honour previous ceasefire agreements signed by its leaders.

The meeting brought together signatories of the peace, security and cooperation framework of the Democratic Republic of Congo which was signed in February this year in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.

Rwanda last month nearly went to war with DRC after the Congolese army fired rockets into Rwandan territory, killing one woman and injuring her baby.

This followed heavy clashes between the rebel M23 and the allied forces of DRC, South Africa and Tanzania.

Rwanda accuses DRC of arming the FDLR, a militia that draws its leadership and militants from masterminds of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that left over one million Tutsis slaughtered.

During the recent military offensive against the M23, the FDLR militia was seen fighting on the side of the allied forces.

Amidst a storm of shells landing in Rubavu District and worries that FDLR could exploit the fighting to cross the DRC border, Rwanda deployed heavily-armed soldiers and tanks along its frontier.

The tension was defused by the Great Lakes leaders’ meeting in Kampala that resolved that DRC resumes peace talks with M23 in Kampala.

Uganda’s defence Minister, Crispus Kiyonga has since expressed optimism that a peace agreement would be signed in the not-too-distant future.

Security possible

Countries present at the UN Summit adopted the benchmarks and indicators of progress in as far as the implementation for the framework is concerned.

The UN secretary General Ban Ki Moon maintained that despite existing challenges such as an influx of refugees, peace and security is still possible.

Apart from Rwanda, the high level meeting was also attended by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan, Angola, South Africa, Zambia, as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kenya and Sudan were welcomed as new signatories to the Addis Ababa peace and security framework.

President Paul Kagame also took the opportunity to extend condolences to victims of the terrorist attack in Kenya where over 60 people died and more than 150 others injured.

The president said the Government of Rwanda firmly stand with Kenya in resisting and combating the scourge of terrorism.


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