CONGO CRISIS: Kagame Meets Kabila Today In Kampala

side effects sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;”>“The Executive Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) has convened an Extraordinary Summit in Kampala on 7-8 August, generic 2012 to discuss the security situation in Eastern DRC,” Uganda said in a statement.

The meeting is a follow up of the ICGLR Heads of State Summit on the Security Situation in Eastern DRC held on 15 July 2012 in Addis Ababa.

The Extra-Ordinary Summit in Kampala was preceded by the meeting of ICGLR National Coordinators and a Special session of the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) held yesterday Sunday.

Rwanda, which was accused of supporting M23 rebels that have captured several strategic towns from DRC forces after intense fighting, is represented by Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo and Defence Minister Gen. James Kabareebe.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and DRC’s Joseph Kabila are also expected in Uganda today.

The 11 members of ICGLR are Uganda, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and the AU chairperson, President Yayi Boni of Benin will also attend the high-level conference.

The meeting is also in spirit of the Pact on Security, Stability and Development signed by the ICGLR Heads of State in Nairobi, Kenya in 2006.

The Pact’s Article 5 (b) on the protocol on non aggression and mutual defence in the Great Lakes Region states that; Member states undertake to abstain from sending or supporting armed opposition forces or armed groups or insurgents onto the territory of other Member States, or from tolerating the presence on their territories of armed groups or insurgents engaged in armed con?icts or involved in acts of violence or subversion against the Government of another State.

The ICGLR Heads of State Summit on the Security Situation in Eastern DRC held on in Addis Ababa on 15 July 2012 also directed that the appropriate structures of the ICGLR shall work with the AU and the UN for an immediate establishment of a neutral international force to eradicate M23, FDLR and all other negative forces in Eastern DRC and patrol and secure the borders.

The fighting in Congo has triggered an exodus of Congolese refugees to Uganda and Rwanda.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame, who will be the focus of today’s discussion, has repeatedly denied sending even “a single bullet” to M23 rebels.


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