The Foreign Ministers of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda meet in Rwanda to ease tensions


The foreign ministers of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda arrived at the Angolan presidency on Saturday for a new round of diplomatic talks amid rising tensions in eastern DRC.

The Angolan President, João Lourenço, was appointed by the African Union as mediator for the talks between Christophe Lutundula, from the DRC, and Vincent Biruta, from Rwanda,

Tensions have been particularly high between Kinshasa and Kigali since the resurgence of the March 23 Movement, known as M23, late last year.

The former Tutsi rebel group took up arms, accusing Kinshasa of not respecting agreements on the demobilization of its combatants.

Kinshasa accuses Rwanda of supporting this rebellion; a claim that Kigali consistently denies.

But the eastern region of the DRC has been plagued for nearly three decades by violence by armed groups, much of it stemming from the wars that raged there after the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Efforts had already been made in Luanda to try to normalize relations between the two neighbors in July.

According to the UN, fighting between the FARDC and the M23 has displaced some 50,000 people since October 20, of which 12,000 have taken refuge in Uganda.


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