Kagame, Kabila Talks Over M23 Smoother

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Talks between President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Joseph Kabila over the situation in North Kivu Province have entered their second day in Kampala, Uganda.

Talks between President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Joseph Kabila over the situation in North Kivu Province have entered their second day in Kampala, Uganda. Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is host of the meeting and current chair of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
 
Uganda’s minister for International Affairs Okello Oryem revealed that day two of the talks have kicked off on a warmer note after a tense start. The two presidents first met on Tuesday night after President Museveni called a crisis meeting following the advance of M23 rebels into Goma in North Kivu province. The M23 rebels are battling the DRC army for control of the province.

Minister Oryem said that the initial Tuesday night meeting at Speke Resort Munyonyo had been characterised by hositility from the Rwanda and DRC delegations. He went on to say that neither delegation was in the mood to compromise as they threw accusations at each other.
 
However, Oryem said that the Wednesday morning meeting had so far been more cordial. He said that the two presidents had agreed to set firm goals for the meeting that is expected to last the whole day and might stretch into the night. Oryem said that the two sides had agreed among other goals, to decide on a DRC response to M23 demands for peace talks, agree on a framework to address future crises, and also set firm deadlines on issues like disarmament.

Talks are still on-going.