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Rwanda and DR Congo Agree to End Border Violence


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Wed, 27 Mar 2019 11:21 GMT

The new President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Felix Tshisekedi, and Rwandan Leader Paul Kagame agreed on Tuesday March 26th to work together to end the violence along their country's border, AFP has reported.

This came during the Africa CEO Forum, hosted in Rwanda.

"Armed groups in DRC are petty interest groups without an ideology but have become more like business people in a negative way," Tshisekedi said.

"We are working hard with development partners to reintegrate them and discourage them from pursuing these activities." 

Among the many armed groups in the eastern Congo are Rwandan rebels opposed to Kagame.

"My problems in Rwanda end up being the problems of people in DRC and vice versa. We have to address these challenges," said Kagame. 

"Tshisekedi has made commitments to the people of DRC and the people of the region. We must believe him and extend our hand of cooperation, as he does with us, and see how far we can go," he pledged.

The United Nations has accused Rwanda of smuggling minerals from Congo, which the government in Kigali denied.

In another context, Tshisekedi said he had talks with both Kagame and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni about the escalating political tensions between their countries. 

Kagame, who accuses Uganda of harbouring rebels against his rule, said he was committed to negotiations with Uganda, but would not allow foreigners to dictate how to run the country.