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M23 REBELS: Museveni Meets Kabila’s Envoy At Rwakitura As Tensions Rise


what is ed http://codefor.asia/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-geo-ip.php geneva;”>The Envoy, Mr Raymond Tshibanda, is also the DRC Minister of Foreign Affairs, International and Regional Co-operation and Francophony.

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During the meeting that took place Friday at the President’s country home of Rwakitura in Kiruhuura district, Museveni and Tshibanda delved into matters pertaining to their two countries’ relations.

Tshibanda has in the past ratcheted up a harsh rhetoric against Rwanda, at times calling upon the international community to arrest and prosecute President Paul Kagame, his defence Minister Gen James Kabarebe and other top army officials in Kigali.

While the details of the Rwakitura meeting remain scanty, the visit comes at a time of heightened tensions between Rwanda and Uganda on one side and DRC on the other.

DRC President Joseph Kabila on Monday told press in Kinshasha that Uganda should be “forthcoming” with information on its alleged political support for the M23 rebel group instead of dismissing a leaked second version of a report prepared by the UN group of Experts implicating it as “rubbish”.

The report said Uganda and Rwanda were actively reinforcing the M23 mutineers with recruits and arms, allegations both Kigali and Kampala have dismissed as “total rubbish.”

Uganda on Thursday threatened to pull out troops from Somalia if the “UN does not stop its backstabbing.”

Joint force operation

In a related development, Defence Ministers of member countries of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) adopted Thursday, October 25th in Goma, the plan to operationalize the neutral international force to be deployed at the border between the DRC and Rwanda to combat armed groups.

This plan was prepared by the twenty-two military experts in the sub-region responsible for assessing the ability of foreign and domestic armed groups active in eastern DRC.

This plan, which must be made public at the next summit of Heads of State of the Great Lakes is supposed to clarify the outlines of the materialization of the future international force.

For the Congolese Minister of Defense Alexander Luba Ntambo its adoption is “a big step towards the solution to the prevailing insecurity in the DRC Ets,” according to UN radio Okapi.

The Congolese Minister said that the heads of state of the sub-region will have to appoint “in a short time, the commander of the force and his deputy to begin to put in place the structures of power.”

During the meeting of Ministers of Defence, representatives of the countries of the Community Development Southern Africa (SADC) have promised to provide their contribution “to the operationalization of the neutral international force.”

At the end of their summit in early September in Kampala, the Heads of State of the ICGLR had asked their Defence Ministers to meet “very soon to work on the operationalization of the neutral international force, to deploy within three months.”

Four countries (Kenya, Angola, Congo and Tanzania) had been appointed to make proposals to the African Union on the deployment of the international force.

But funding issues and the establishment of the international force remain unanswered. Only Tanzania has agreed to send its soldiers to participate in that force will have to dismantle the armed groups in eastern DRC.


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