sales http://debbiehowes.com/wp-content/plugins/events-manager/buddypress/bp-em-groups.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The joint statement by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, cure Mary Robinson, his Special Representative for DRC, Martin Kobler, United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region and the DRC Russ Feingold, African Union Special Representative Boubacar Diarra, and European Union Senior Coordinator for the Great Lakes region Koen Vervaeke comes nearly a week after the group welcomed the announcement by the M23 that it is ending its bloody insurgency against the DRC Government.
The talks in the Ugandan capital of Kampala were aimed at reaching a final and principled agreement that ensures the disarmament and demobilization of the M23 and accountability for human rights abuses.
“The Envoys note that the parties have expressed no differences on substantive points within the draft document. However, agreement on the format has not yet been reached. Despite a change in the military situation, it is important that there be a political conclusion to the dialogue,” said the statement.
Uganda Government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, said the signing ceremony had been postponed indefinitely and that if both parties wish to pen their signatures on the documents, the facilitator (Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga) will give a new date.
Opondo said while both delegations-DRC government led by its Foreign Affairs Minister, Raymond Tshibanda, on the one hand, and M23 led by Mr. Bertrand Bisimwa came and were present in State House, the DRC government delegation never entered the conference room where the signing ceremony was to be conducted.
After a long wait, the convener, President Yoweri Museveni left Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi to keep waiting for the DRC government delegation with instructions that if they came and were ready, the agreement be signed.
According to Opondo, the DRC government delegation much later informally asked the facilitator for and was given the final text of the agreement document which they said they wanted to further study in detail to ensure it conforms to what they negotiate
UN Envoys urged the parties to resolve the differences relating to the format of the document and to remain committed to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
“The Envoys further emphasize that any solution must allow the pursuit of accountability for those who have committed war crimes, crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, including those involving sexual violence and recruitment of child soldiers, and other gross violations of human rights.”
The M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – along with other armed groups, clashed repeatedly with the FARDC in recent months.
The group renounced rebellions last week and surrendered soldiers for the disarmament and demobilization process.