FRENCH PRESIDENT HOSTS TALKS ON RWANDA, DR CONGO TENSIONS

September 22, 2022

FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON, HAS MET WITH THE LEADERS OF RWANDA AND THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, AMID TENSIONS BETWEEN THE TWO EAST AFRICAN NEIGHBOURS OVER REBEL ACTIVITY NEAR THEIR COMMON BORDER.


THE THREE LEADERS MET YESTERDAY, ON THE SIDELINES OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK.

ACCORDING TO THE FRENCH PRESIDENCY, THE LEADERS WANT TO INTENSIFY LASTING CO-OPERATION TO FIGHT IMPUNITY AND PUT AN END TO ACTIVITIES OF ARMED GROUPS IN THE GREAT LAKES REGION.


THE CONGOLESE PRESIDENCY IN A SOCIAL MEDIA POST, DISCLOSED THAT THEY HAD AGREED TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE M23 REBELS TO WITHDRAW FROM OCCUPIED AREAS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND FOR DISPLACED PEOPLE TO RETURN.

THE REBEL GROUP HAS CONTROLLED PARTS OF DR CONGO’S NORTHERN PROVINCE SINCE JUNE.


THE MEETING CAME MOMENTS AFTER RWANDAN PRESIDENT PAUL KAGAME, TOLD THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT BLAME GAME DOES NOT SOLVE PROBLEMS.

MR KAGAME SUPPORTED A REGIONAL INITIATIVE TO END THE RESURGENCE OF FIGHTING IN EASTERN DR CONGO BUT SAID IT WOULD REQUIRE CONSISTENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.