Rwanda and the DR Congo's foreign ministers announced a joint military plan to fight Hutu rebels, while Tutsi rebels loyal to General Laurent Nkunda will meet government officials in Nairobi on Monday to "finalise" a ceasefire in North Kivu.
AFP - Congolese government representatives and rebels loyal to renegade general Laurent Nkunda will meet in Nairobi on Monday to "formalise" a ceasefire in the east of the country, Kinshasa said Friday.
"A meeting will take place between representatives of the government of DRCongo and the CNDP (National Congress for the Defence of the People) under the auspices of the United Nations and the mediator on December 8 in Nairobi in Kenya," Foreign Minister Alexis Thambe Mwamba said.
Speaking after talks with his Rwandan counterpart Rosemary Museminali, Mwamba said the aim was to "formalise the ceasefire" declared unilaterally by the rebels at the end of October but broken by both sides since.
Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo agreed on a plan for military operations against Rwandan Hutu rebels operating in eastern DR Congo.
"The two sides have drawn up a detailed plan of operations against ex-soldiers of the Rwandan armed forces, Interhamwe militia and Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda," a joint statement said.
Armed Hutus fled Rwanda for the easten DRCongo after a Tutsi rebellion took control in the wake of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus by Hutu extremists.
Kigali has demanded for years that Kinshasa disarm them, while the Congolese government claims that Rwanda supports renegade Tutsi general Laurent Nkunda whose forces have been fighting the government army in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu.
Date created : 2008-12-05