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Museveni to host DRC crisis meeting

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    Museveni will host a summit of the Great Lakes region states to resolve the on-going political instability and humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
    The summit, which is scheduled for next month, follows the just-ended 19th ordinary Summit of Heads of State of the African Union, which recommended the formation of an army to support the weak DRC government.
    Kinshasa has struggled to put down a mutiny and armed insurrection by the M23 rebel group which it – and the United Nations – says is supported by Kigali, claims that Rwanda denies.

    The Kampala meeting will examine the sources of conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region, focusing on the challenges of stabilising lightly governed regions such as northern and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Uganda. “In the Eastern part of the DRC, conditions have been deteriorating and that violence must end immediately,” UN deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said.

    Outgoing AU commission chairman Dr Jean Ping said the continental body was “ready to contribute to a regional force to put to an end crisis in the DR Congo and Mali.”

    Meanwhile, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and President Joseph Kabila of DR Congo met on the sidelines of the AU summit in an effort to resolve the dispute in North Kivu.

    A senior DRC diplomat described the talks between the two leaders as “cordial”. “We appreciate the role played by Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni through the International Conference on Great Lakes Region who worked hard to get our leaders to sit and talk,” said the diplomat who asked not to be named as he is not authorised to speak on the matter.