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Museveni, M23 rebels held secret meeting

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    The M23 rebels, whose scorched-earth policy has left a trail of despair, destruction and death in the North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo, last month travelled to Kampala and met President Museveni under a veil of secrecy, The Observer has learnt. Museveni has been credited for working to diffuse tensions in Uganda’s western neighbour, and it has now emerged that in doing that, he held an important meeting with one of the key players.
    A highly placed source says the meeting was held shortly before this month’s International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) conference at the Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo. “What I know is [Bosco] Ntaganda [the indicted leader of the M23] was not part of the team. But the team was here and met the President,” said a source who is privy to these discussions. Although details of what came out of the meeting are still scanty, Museveni reportedly implored the M23 to call for a ceasefire and give dialogue a chance. When contacted yesterday, the Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Affairs ministry, James Mugume, claimed ignorance of the meeting.

    Source: Observer Uganda