DRC Government Agrees to Ceasefire

September 6, 2013 10:47 am0 comments by:

Kampala-The Government of The Democratic Republic of Congo has agreed to a ceasefire with the M23 rebels.
The deal was reached on Thursday evening, in the Ugandan capital Kampala, following a day long meeting of ministers and defense chiefs under the auspices of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
The meeting chaired by Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni successfully compelled the two warring parties to ceasefire and resume peace talks.
The leaders resolved that negotiations between M23 and DRC government must start in three days and be concluded in two weeks time.
Speaking at the closure of the summit, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni called for the disarmament of all the dissident groups that are operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
“First of all, I thank Your Excellencies for coming for the summit. This emergency summit was in response to the renewed fighting in Goma. Although the media concentrates on Goma, there are many areas infested by terrorist groups either coming from outside Congo or within Congo. For several months, the ADF has been terrorizing people on the other side of our border.

Opposite the Semliki, there is a character called Cobra who has caused a lot of suffering to people in that area. I salute the Congolese Army; recently they launched an offensive against Cobra. I encourage them to continue” President Museveni noted.
The summit was attended by UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Joseph Kabila of DRC, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Mrs Zuma, and representatives of other African Heads of States.
The dialogue between M23 and the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo which has been going on in Kampala for several months has now been narrowed to few issues for discussions.
The talks between the M23 and the Congolese government had stalled when DRC government troops attacked M23 positions in the out skirts of Goma.

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