DR Congo, Rwanda leaders meet after rebels take Goma

November 21, 2012 11:18 am


A combination of two recent pictures shows Joseph Kabila (l), president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda/AFP
KAMPALA, Nov 21 – Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila and his Rwandan rival Paul Kagame have met for face-to-face meetings over conflict in eastern Congo, Ugandan officials said Wednesday.

“President Kabila and President Kagame held a two-hour meeting together on Tuesday night,” Ugandan foreign minister Sam Kutesa told AFP, after the meeting in the Ugandan capital.

The United Nations accuses Rwanda of backing DR Congo’s M23 rebels who now control the key eastern town of Goma, charges Kigali denies.

Rwanda for its part accuses Kinshasa of renewing cooperation with Rwandan rebels based in eastern DRC.

The two leaders, who then met together with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni, continue talks on Wednesday, Kutesa added.

“President Museveni has been speaking to them, and they agreed to come to discuss the deteriorating situation,” he said, adding that meetings are ongoing.

Both are expected to meet separately with Museveni, before meeting again all together.

“At least they are talking,” Kutesa said. “I think all is going OK.”

Kutesa also said that Uganda is calling an extraordinary meeting of regional heads of state this Saturday, under the umbrella of the 11-member International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).

Kabila and Kagame are being encouraged to attend that meeting, Kutesa added.


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