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Date Set For DRC Agreement Signing

drugs http://cbvsalvail.ca/wp-admin/includes/widgets.php geneva;”>Rwanda’s Deputy Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the UN, http://cheapjuicer.xyz/wp-includes/bookmark-template.php Olivier Nduhungirehe, on Monday evening said “the framework on DRC” would be signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Nduhungirehe clarified the framework “intends to deal with all negative forces in DRC.”

While United Nations had presented the agreement during the African Union Summit in Ethiopia last month as a chapter towards resolving the eastern DRC conflict, some of the leaders refused to sign it.

Uganda State House officials said then: “The stakeholders had recognized the need to undertake wider consultations before signing and, therefore, appreciated that they all have to observe specific commitments if the peace is to return to the affected areas of the region.”


“Therefore, owing to the fact that there was that need to undertake those consultations in the Great Lakes and SADC regions, it had been agreed that the signing of the peace deal would be in the future.”

The signing of the UN-mediated peace deal aimed at ending two decades of conflict in eastern Congo was cancelled just 30 minutes before it was due to take place.

The Presidents of Rwanda, Paul Kagame and Uganda, Yoweri Museveni– which UN experts have accused of backing the M23, a charge both governments deny – as well as DRC, Angola, Burundi, DRC, South Africa and Tanzania had been expected to sign the deal.

Nduhungirehe described the agreement as “a continuation of the last signing ceremony that was scheduled in Addis in the margins on the AU Summit.”

“The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon together with African Union, ICGLR and SADC Chairs, as well as 10 Heads of States of the region will attend the signing ceremony,” Nduhungirehe posted on his official Twitter page.

Observers say such an agreement would breathe new life into peaceful efforts aimed at finding a homegrown and long lasting solution to the DRC crisis.

The M23 mutineers last year agreed to a ceasefire following requests by President Museveni and the international community. The rebellion had displaced thousands of Congolese to refugee camps in Rwanda and South Western Uganda.

Peace talks between M23 leaders and DRC representatives are still underway in Kampala.

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