Jakaya Kikwete suggests talks between Kigali and FDLR

Tanzanian President Jakawa Kikwete whose forces are part of the international brigade of intervention whose objective is to target armed forces operating in Eastern Congo.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete whose forces are part of the international brigade of intervention whose objective is to target armed forces operating in Eastern Congo.

At the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity celebrated this weekend in Addis Abeba, a private meeting between the parties concerned by the Addis Abeba Peace Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo signed in February of this year was held.

During that meeting the Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete highlighted to the participants who included the Rwandan and Ugandan presidents Paul Kagame and Joweri Museveni that the brigade of intervention would be able to help very temporarily, but for a durable peace, a global dialogue was necessary.

He recommended that Paul Kagame needed to have direct talks with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Rwanda [FDLR], the Rwandan armed rebel movement operating from the Congolese provinces of Kivus. He suggested as well to the Ugandan president to hold similar talks with the rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces/National Army for the Liberation of Uganda [ADF-NALU] opposed to his government.

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One response to “Jakaya Kikwete suggests talks between Kigali and FDLR

  1. It is also possible that President Kikwete is not aware of (or purposely ignores to recognize) Rwanda’s reintegration programme that is wider in approach while targeting voluntary repatriation and resettlement of ex-Habyalimana soldiers, militants and ex-FDLR rebels together with their families.
    The government has a side-programme called “Come and See” where prospecting returnees are facilitated through UNHCR to come and appreciate the conditions before taking the decision to return home. The complete reintegration programme also offers civic education, vocational and business skills, start-up capital (equipment) facilitate returnees start a new life in the community.
    Maybe before calling for anything else, President Kikwete needs to first recognize the existence and advantage in the reintegration programme, then point out any flaws in for to be rectified….That’s the civilised way of doing things.
    As a note of advice, Kikwete should have raised the issue either directly with President Kagame in their bi-lateral talks, through a friendly state or during their EAC Summit (need be) before going public…That’s how neighbouring state conduct diplomacy.

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