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No Communique After Uganda-Rwanda Talks

The meeting of Ugandan and Rwandan officials has ended today Saturday morning without concrete resolutions.

It was earlier thought the two sides would agree on ending the animosity that has affected bilateral trade and movement of people in the region.

But both countries today failed to agree on a joint communique.

The statement implies the common border closed by Rwanda will not be opened and Rwandans wishing to travel to Uganda must wait a little longer.

The failure of today’s talks also means the trade embargo slapped on Ugandan goods by Rwanda will remain in place.

Rwanda claims many of its nationals are detained in Ugandan jails, a claim Kampala denies.

Kampala, which accuses Rwanda of aggressive espionage and creating sleeper cells to destabilize Uganda, says suspected wrongdoers must be dealt with by the law.

Kigali also wanted businessman Tribert Rujugiro’s expansive tobacco factories in Northern Uganda closed on grounds that proceeds from the business are used to fund activities to destabilize Rwanda.

But President Museveni told his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame that Rujugiro denies the claims and said if he wanted to fund instability, he would use money from other businesses outside Uganda.

The meeting which started at 5:00am on Friday, ended at midnight today.

ChimpReports understands the plane carrying the Rwandan delegation delayed to take off from Kigali due to weather challenges.

Sections of Rwandan media reported that Minister for Regional Cooperation, Olivier Nduhungirehe accused Uganda of helping Rwandan rebel movements.

The meeting was closed to the media after the opening ceremony.

Ugandan officials remain tightlipped on today’s deliberations.

The Ugandan team was led by Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa.

Uganda and Rwandan officials attending the event at Munyonyo on Friday

He was accompanied by Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana and UPDF Military Intelligence Chief Brig Abel Kandiho among other high ranking officials.

After the meeting, the media was informed that each party would do more consultations with their respective heads-of-state.

The much-awaited press conference didn’t take place.

But the officials from both sides were in a jovial mood.

They could be seen exchanging pleasantries despite being knackered after almost ten hours of intense negotiations.

Rwanda’s envoy to Uganda Maj Gen Frank Mugambage (L) in a chat with Kutesa after the function

Angola’s Minister of External Relations Manuel Domingos said in the first meeting in Kigali, both Governments expressed political will to improve bilateral relations for the benefit of their populations.

He said he was optimistic that today’s meeting will be a success.

“Africa can find solutions to any disputes that occur through peaceful means of dialogue. We are confident that our sister countries (Uganda and Rwanda) have all necessary conditions to make this dialogue a successful story,” he said.

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