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Ugandan Minister: Congo In Talks With M23 Rebels

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viagra 40mg http://cusanus-studierende.de/wp-admin/includes/credits.php geneva; font-size: small;”>“Upon request by H.E Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and subsequent decision of the ICGLR Heads of State at their Summit on 8th August, 2012 in Kampala, Uganda as Chair, was mandated to facilitate dialogue between M23 and DRC government,” said Oryem.

“To that effect Uganda as a Chair of ICGLR established contacts with the leadership of M23 Movement and dialogue has been on-going between the leadership of M23 and DRC government,” emphasized Oryem.

He was responding to allegations by United Nations Group of Experts’ (GoE) report that Uganda and Rwanda were supporting the Congo mutineers.

Chimpreports has established that Oryem’s speech sharply contrasts with statements made by Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) officials especially government spokesperson Lambert Mende that they would not hold talks with the rebels.

“We shall maintain our resistance to the aggression of Rwanda and her M23 rebels. Our resistance to the aggression of Rwanda requires support from the international community to take decisive action through the Security Council which remains indispensable if we want to achieve a change in behavior of most of the leaders of this country,” Mende told press in Kinshasha in September.

This report could confirm fears that the DRC government is seeking a peaceful solution to the crisis after a military option fell flat and saw hundreds of her troops flee to Uganda after being attacked by rebels in Rutshuru and Bunagana border towns a few months ago.

Meanwhile, Oryem said Uganda as one of the member states of the ICGLR assumed the Chairmanship from Zambia on 15th December 2011 and Uganda shall spearhead the ICGLR process up to 2013.

“Therefore, Uganda as a Chair, is mandated to coordinate all the member states and partners to fully implement the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes region as well as the protocols,” said Oryem.

He observed that Uganda has since July, 2012, convened 4 Extra-ordinary Summit meetings on the security situation in the DR-Congo where strategies and decisions were agreed upon by the ICGLR Heads of State and Government to find a durable solution to the conflict in the Eastern DR- Congo.

“It is therefore, disheartening for any DRC government official to undermine the spirit and efforts of the regional leaders to realize the objective of security and stability in Eastern DRC,” Oryem cautioned, adding, “There are existing structures agreed upon by the ICGLR Heads of State and Government to ensure that fighting stops completely, and ensure peace and stability in the Eastern DRC.”

In this regard, the minister added, the Joint Intelligence Fusion Center was established to collect intelligence information and subsequent establishment of the expanded Joint Verification Mechanism led by a Ugandan Brigadier General where all Member States are fully represented to verify and monitor accusations and counter accusations in Eastern DRC.

The Military Assessment Team led by a Brigadier General from Tanzania has been meeting as per the terms of reference agreed by the Heads of State and Government to operationalize the establishment of the neutral international force.

“It should be noted that in all 4 ICGLR Extra-ordinary Summit meetings, and preceding Regional Inter- Ministerial meetings, the Ministers of Defence and Chief of Defence Forces Meetings, the UN has been represented at the highest level and the MONUSCO Force Commander has also been participating,” he said.

He said it was disappointing that the UN -Group of Experts have chosen to deliberately undermine the regional efforts which is contrary to the UN Charter.

“Uganda like any other ICGLR member state is a signatory to the ICGLR Protocol on non-aggression and mutual defence which binds member states to abstain from sending or supporting armed opposition forces or armed groups or insurgents on to the territory of other member states,” he noted.

He reminded journalists that during the UN Mini-Summit on the DRC in September 27, 2012 alongside the UN General Assembly in New York, the UN Secretary General and all Heads of State and Government welcomed the positive regional efforts spearheaded by Uganda as the Chair of the ICGLR.

“On the contrary, the UN-Group of Experts have chosen to aid and abate allegations that Uganda is supporting M23 in Eastern DRC by denying Uganda the opportunity to respond to the fabricated allegations through the UN Security Council established procedure for consultations with concerned governments.”

Oryem said the leaking of the report by the Panel of “Experts” can only be in bad faith and intended to cause mischief and undermine the regional efforts to find a durable solution to the conflict in Eastern DRC.

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