Congo Crisis: Kabila, Kagame Jet In Uganda On Monday
Rwanda President Paul Kagame and his DRC counterpart Joseph Kabila will next Monday August 7 meet in Kampala to discuss the crisis in Eastern Congo that has now spiraled out of control.
“The Government of Uganda, in its capacity as Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes is convening an Extra-Ordinary Summit in Kampala on 7-8 August, 2012 to discuss the security situation in Eastern DRC,” said Uganda’s acting Foreign Affairs Minister Henry Okello Oryem.
“It will be recalled that during an Extra-Ordinary Summit held in Addis Ababa on July 15, on the side line of the African Union Summit, it was decided, among others, that another Summit meeting be held in Kampala, to enable Heads of State have a further in-depth discussion of the situation,” Oryem told reporters in Kampala on Friday morning.
The meeting comes at a time of escalated fighting between M23 rebels and Congolese forces and heated exchange of words between Kigali and Kinshasha.
Kabila last week said it was “an open secret” that Rwanda was funding the M23 rebellion while Kigali has told off Kabila to sort his mess out instead of blaming it on Kagame.
And just a few hours ago, suspected Mai Mai rebels overran Mpondwe border post, sending hundreds of refugees into Kasese.
As if this is not scary enough, M23 rebels have reportedly encircled Goma, ready to start assaults on positions held by government troops.
The United Nations Security Council President Gérard Araud on Thursday evening reiterated their strong condemnation of “M23” and its attacks, and reiterate their demands that “M23” cease immediately all destabilizing activities, including any advances towards the city of Goma.
The members of the Security Council were briefed on 30 July by Roger Meece, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo and head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), on the situation in the eastern part of the country and specifically on the attacks perpetrated by the mutineers of the 23 March Movement (M23), including the imminent threat to the city of Goma.
“The members of the Security Council urge “M23” and all armed groups to cease all forms of violence, including acts of sexual violence and the recruitment and use of children,” said Araud.
They called on the relevant institutions to ensure that all human rights violations are investigated and that perpetrators are held accountable for their crimes.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay recently named five commanders linked to past atrocities who present the gravest risk to civilians: International Criminal Court indictee Bosco Ntaganda, Sultani Makenga, Baudouin Ngaruye, Innocent Zimurinda and Innocent Kaina.
The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern at the worsening humanitarian situation in the North Kivu province, especially the increasing number of displaced persons and refugees, and call on the international community to provide appropriate humanitarian support.
They also express concern at the possible negative impact of the prevailing situation on the security and humanitarian situation in the South Kivu province of the country.
The members of the Security Council also welcomed the recent discussion between President Paul Kagame and President Joseph Kabila to resolve the crisis, including through the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region.
They encouraged the continuation of high-level dialogue at the bilateral and regional level and a full implementation of the existing regional mechanisms for addressing insecurity in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and finding a durable political solution.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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