Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebels are here in Uganda waiting for President Joseph Kabila’s delegation to resume peace talks was was directed by regional leaders on Thursday last week.
Leaders of Africa’s Great Lakes region on Thursday set a three-day deadline for the resumption of talks between the M23 army mutineers and Kinshasa aimed to broker an end violence in the mineral rich Eastern DRC.
The talks, to be held once again in the Ugandan capital Kampala, should be concluded within 14 days.
“All our delegation members are here,” M23 delegation chief Rene Abandi told AFP Monday. “We are waiting for the arrival of the government side and we resume the talks.”
Talks between the two sides were suspended in May, and the agreement to reopen them follows a recent upsurge in violence in the country, where Congolese troops backed by a special United Nations force launched a fresh assault against the rebels late last month.
Dr Chrispus Kiyonga the peace talks mediator said Monday that the rebels were waiting for the Kinsasha team though he did not clarify when the talks would begin..