By Jane Nambi
Congo peace talks are going to resume after regional leaders agreed that it is the only way to end the insurgent fighting in neighboring DR Congo.
An emergency meeting was called by President Yoweri Museveni who is the chairperson of the regional body, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
The meeting was attended by the four other regional Presidents Joseph Kabila (DR Congo), Salva Kiir (South Sudan), Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania). Also present were Mary Robinson the UN special envoy to the Great Lakes region and Dlamini Zuma the chairperson of the African Union Commission.
The Presidents directed that the peace negotiations should resume within the three days after their Heads of State summit, and conclude within a maximum period of 14 days.
This comes at a time when the M23 rebels came out and denied ever starting the war in the country which has killed thousands and misplaced hundreds. In a letter to the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, the rebels said they were not responsible for the DRC war.
M23 chairperson Bertrand Bisimwa said in the letter, “This war initiative of which the Republic of France has become the torchbearer is being directed against our movement on three dimensions: on the military front by attacks from the Intervention Brigade, through the media by unfounded and biased news reports and fabrications by Monusco,” said Bisimwa.