The Independent (Kampala)

6 December 2012

Uganda: Eastern DR Congo Conflict Resolution Process to Resume

Photo: Kate Holt/IRIN
Displaced families living in Mugunga camp, in Goma.

The three heads of states of Rwanda, Dr Congo and Uganda are yet to meet tomorrow to chat a way forward on how to meet the demands of the M23 rebels.

The Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), met recently in the capital Kampala on the security situation in Eastern DRC after the M23 rebels took over Goma.

The press releases from the office of President Museveni says, "The delegations from the DRC Government and M23 shall begin preliminary meetings tomorrow 7 December 2012 in Kampala, Uganda, to resolve the conflict in Eastern DRC as they will focus on the two key issues that include; ground rules and working framework for subsequent meetings, and then the guidelines for and Composition of Observers."

"President Yoweri Museveni as the current Chair of the ICGLR continues to facilitate the peace process in DRC," says the Executive Director of Media Centre, Fred Opolot.

This comes moments the rebels said they would retake the city, if the government failed to meet their demands within the given ultimatum of 48 hours.

DR Congo's interior minister, Richard Muyej Mangez, said the government was ready to start talks "in the next few days", but that M23 should respect the agreement to withdraw the full 20 kilometres.

Kabila's government and the UN experts have accused Rwanda and Uganda, which played active roles in DR Congo's previous wars, of supporting M23, a charge both countries deny.

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