Ugandan president to meet DR Congo counterpart over rebel groups

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-09 19:33:26|Editor: Yamei
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KAMPALA, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he will meet his Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) counterpart Joseph Kabila to discuss measures of wiping out rebel groups in the eastern part of the vast central African country.

Museveni in a State House statement issued on Tuesday said the problems in DRC spill over not only to Uganda but also to other neighboring countries. Restive eastern DRC is a hideout of many rebel groups.

Museveni said action is now needed by DRC, together with regional and international partners to establish total peace in the region.

"That trinity of the DRC, Regional countries and the International Community, can work if we embark on it seriously," he said.

Museveni noted that rebel outfits like the Allied Democratic Forces and other groups based in DRC can be defeated the way Uganda wiped out all negative forces in the country.

Museveni was speaking as the incoming chairperson of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region.

The regional meeting, which was held here on Monday was also attended by President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Edgar Lungu, the Zambian leader.

The out-going chairperson of the Framework, President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, in a message said significant progress has been made in the DRC, Burundi, South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR) in the last one year.

He urged all stakeholders to pursue efforts to bring about everlasting peace to the region.

A communiqué read at the end of the one day meeting said a new approach beyond the existing measures is needed to ensure greater regional cooperation for the full neutralization of the negative forces in the region.

The communiqué also said that the meeting welcomed a recent announcement by Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza not to present himself as a candidate in the country's next election.

The leaders also welcomed the revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in South Sudan and called on the signatory parties to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Agreement.

They also urged the armed groups in CAR to end their violent acts.