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90% of ADF Bases Destroyed, says Kabila

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hospital http://deborahmillercounselor.com/wp-includes/author-template.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Kabila made the remarks on Tuesday during a Mini Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Luanda, sales Angola.

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According to Uganda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs (Regional Affairs), Asuman Kiyingi, the Summit reviewed in great detail the security situation in the region especially the situation in the DRC.


“ADF bases have been dismantled 90 percent and only pockets of them remain near the Rwenzori mountains,” Kiyingi quoted Kabila as briefing fellow Presidents who attended the Summit.


Some of the Great Lakes leaders who attended the Summit include Yoweri Museveni , Jose Eduado dos Santos of Angola, Joseph Kabila, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, Dennis Sassou Nguesso of Congo and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma as a special guest.


Supported by United Nations, the DRC army early this year succumbed to regional leaders’ pressure to do more in eradicating armed groups that continue to threaten peace and stability in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.


After a series of sorties on ADF bases, Kabila telephoned President Museveni, saying FARDC had made considerable gains in defeating the brutal Islamist insurgents.


However, reports indicated that the rebels abandoned their camps and scattered over a large swathe of land in North Beni and reintegrated in sympathetic communities.


Majority of ADF commanders including the outfit’s Supreme leader, Jamil Mukulu remain at large.


Kiyingi said there is a “common understanding” that absence of effective state structures and presence coupled with undeveloped or non-existent transport and other vital infrastructures has made DRC what it is today.


“The South and Northern Corridor EAC summits underscore importance of linkage with DRC by rail transport among others,” said.


In Angola, said Kiyingi, the Summit was informed that a lot of gains have been registered in tackling the negative forces.


“M23 is no more, the DRC government is working on their demobilization and reintegration into society following the Nairobi Declaration and promulgation of the amnesty law by the DRC government,” he added.


Kiyingi, however, observed that the FDLR, whose leadership and ideology led to the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, remains a challenge in DRC.


The Summit agreed to a double pronged approach following information and explanations by President Paul Kagame and President Dennis Sassou Nguesso.


This includes continued repatriation to Rwanda of those willing to disarm and return voluntarily and engaging urgently military actions against those unwilling to disarm, in line with the recommendations of the Chiefs of Defence Forces who submitted a report to the Summit.

Rwanda recently warned DRC against posturing in the fight against FDLR.


Leaders in Luanda agreed that political and economic sanctions are to be taken against all negative forces.


The communique issued at the end of the meeting concluded that regional and International cooperation is to be strengthened to help identify and neutralise leaders of all negative forces still active in the region.


Ex-M23 elements still in Uganda and Rwanda are to be repatriated urgently in collaboration with the United Nations.

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