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CONGO REBELS: Regional Defence Ministers Meet In Goma

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treat http://corepr.pl/wp-includes/class-wp-locale-switcher.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The talks are aimed at restoring confidence that the Great Lakes region can find a solution to the fighting that has raged on between the M23 rebels and DRC troops, viagra sale http://ciencialili.org/cache/gantry/e3625f22983f7563ae9a0f3fe508c832-cache-gantry-ca0561c59431717f7c81b8c70d358112.php sending thousands of Congolese locals into refugee camps in Rwanda and Congo.

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cialis 40mg geneva; font-size: small;”>President Yoweri Museveni on August 8 chaired a meeting of regional leaders who agreed a sub-committee of defence ministers led by Uganda should be put in place to support Kinshasha in order to restore peace and security in Eastern DRC particularly in North Kivu Province.

The team comprises ministers from Angola, Burundi, Congo, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania.

The Ministers who are meeting in Goma will propose urgent actionable steps to ensure that fighting stops completely to allow for consolidation of peace, security and stability.

They will further provide details on the operationalization of the neutral International Force to rout the rebels and also submit their interim report to the Chairperson of the ICGLR in two weeks, and its final report to the Summit of the ICGLR Heads of State and Government in four weeks.

Kigali says FDLR rebels who fled the country after committing genocide in 1994 are still holed up in Eastern Congo and have been planning to attack Rwanda.

At today’s meeting, Rwanda will be represented by Gen. James Kabareebe.

UPDF spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye was not readily available for comment.

The Goma meeting precedes that of East Africa Military Intelligence Chiefs which kicked off on Tuesday in Kigali.

The Rwanda Defence Force Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen Charles Kayonga who opened the conference wished participants would come out with practical recommendations that can help the region and more particularly the Eastern DRC to achieve security.

The military Intelligence Chiefs later paid a courtesy call on Gen. Kabarebe at his office in Kigali.

DRC accuses Rwanda of supporting M23 rebels who defected from the army in April, accusing Kinshasha of not fulfilling its obligations in the 2009 integration agreement.

President Paul Kagame and his ministers have vehemently denied backing the rebels, saying Kigali does not benefit from violence in a neighboring country.

Kagame says the DRC crisis is a result of Kinshasha’s political weaknesses and MONUSCO’s depressing performance in maintaining stability despite spending over $1bn per year.

Several western countries particularly Sweden, UK and United States countries have slashed aid to Rwanda basing on a United Nations Group of Experts’ report that Kigali has in the past sent logistics and recruits to reinforce the M23 rebellion.

Kigali says the UN Experts’ report is based on “falsehoods” and “hearsay.”

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