Thursday, November 27, 2003

Rwanda/DRC: agreement to repatriate Hutus within a year

Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo agreed at a mini-summit in Pretoria on Thursday to work together to repatriate Rwandan Hutus from the east of the DRC within a year, a communique said.

... In a landmark agreement signed on July 30, 2002, Rwanda agreed to withdraw its 20,000 troops from the DRC and Kinshasa was given 90 days to round up, disarm and repatriate Rwandan Hutu fighters still on its soil.

That 90-day deadline proved illusory, and Thursday's communique said the disarmament and repatriation should be completed within 12 months. (link)