December 18, 2012

DRC Govt, M23 Resume Talks

Uganda's Defense Minister Dr Crispus Kiyonga is mediating the talks
Uganda’s Defense Minister Dr Crispus Kiyonga is mediating the talks

Representatives of the Democratic Republic of Congo government and M23 rebels have resumed talks aimed at finding a lasting solution to the crisis in the east of the vast central African nation.

The talks that have been going on in Uganda’s capital Kampala for close to two weeks now stalled after the two sides failed to agree on some of the outstanding issues and counter accusations from both sides.

Leaders of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region who met in Kampala last month in the wake of the capture of Goma city in eastern DRC by M23 rebels resolved that the two sides should engage in dialogue to end the crisis.

In a statement released by the office of the facilitator of the Dialogue between the DRC Government and M23 on the situation in eastern DRC, the two sides resumed talks on Tuesday to bring an end to the tension in the east of the country.

Below is the brief statement in full

The dialogue between the government of the DRC and M23 on the situation in eastern DRC resumed at Speke Munyonyo Hotel Kampala on 18th December 2012 under the facilitation of Dr Crispus Kiyonga, defence minister.

At its fifth plenary meeting the parties considered the remaining part of the draft rules of procedure. As a result they approved and signed the document.

The parties also considered the draft agenda for the dialogue and have agreed to continue consultations on the remaining point.

The parties agreed to meet in plenary on Wednesday 19th December.

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