Friday, June 25, 2004

DRC/Rwanda: Kabila & Kagame meet, attempt to diffuse tension

President Kabila (DRC) and President Kagame (Rwanda) agreed to respect the 2002 Pretoria Agreement which ended the four-year war between the two countries.

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo hosted the one-day talks held at Abuja airport.

Here is the full-text of the 2002 Pretoria Agreement. The agreement basically says that the DRC goverment will track down and disarm those Interahamwe and ex-FAR (Forces Armees Rwandaises) in the territory under its control. The Rwandan government, for its part, agrees to withdraw its troops from the DRC.

>>> The source of the current tensions ... DRC accused Rwanda of backing the rebel soliders who attacked the town of Bunia. Rwanda denied the charge. (See this post for more on what happened in Bunia.)

UPDATE: Kagame and Kabila also agreed to set-up a joint verification mechanism to ensure that Hutu extremists are disarmed and demobilised, and that there are no more Rwandan troops on DRC soil.