28 November 2012

Congo-Kinshasa: U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing: DR-Congo


Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

QUESTION: No, Congo.


QUESTION: Did Ambassador Carson brief the USAU meeting this morning on his mission to the region?

MS. NULAND: Well, it turns out I had it wrong yesterday. He took another day in the region. He was actually still in Kinshasa as of yesterday. He's not going to come back till tomorrow. I think as much as he wanted to be here for Chairperson Zuma's visit and for the dialogue, he was very much engaged with the parties in the Great Lakes region and decided to take an extra day there.

So yesterday was the final leg of his trip. He and his French and UK counterparts had a constructive set of discussions with DRC President Kabila. They also saw Prime Minister Matata. They continued to press the parties to support the plan that was drawn up in the Great Lakes meeting last week and to urge implementation of the call for M23 to comply with the calls for a ceasefire, to withdraw from Goma, and then for a longer-term resolution to be taken forward by - under the leadership of Museveni, Kagame, and Kabila to really address some of the underlying issues in eastern Congo.

So that's what we've been working on. He's been very much in lockstep, as I said, with his French and German colleagues, and is taking the extra time to really press hard.

QUESTION: M23 leaders in Goma say they'll quit the city on Friday. You said previously you've heard some good things from them but haven't seen anything. Do you think that this is encouraging?

MS. NULAND: Well, again, we've seen quite a bit of talk. Our understanding is that the situation remains volatile. We do see some movement of M23 troops, but we can't tell whether this is preparatory to a withdrawal or whether it's just sort of a redeployment, but we are continuing to press and to urge those with influence to press as well.


QUESTION: But he didn't manage to meet with President Kagame even though he stayed an extra day?

MS. NULAND: Well, he was in Kinshasa today, as you know.


(The briefing was concluded at 1:46 p.m.)

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