Why Kigali refused to negotiate with DRC delegation

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Kigali, Rwanda-Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo has announced that Rwanda’s recent refusal to discuss with a delegation from Democratic Republic of Congo was the issue of “clarity”.

In a press conference held this afternoon at Foreign affairs Headquarters, Kimihurura, Min Mushikiwabo talked on various issues concerning diplomacy like relations with Tanzania, South Africa and United States among others.

Mushikiwabo said the recent Congolese delegation which came to Rwanda was not clear. “We received a correspondence from Kinshasa that they (government) will send a delegation to Kigali over former M23 fighters who sought refuge in Rwanda; unfortunately, the group was here the next day”.

The Minister added: ”We did not know who they were, like their names, appointments, even what exactly they wanted to talk with us. We told them, look, go back and get organized”.

“We’re waiting the real delegation to come any time they feel they are ready. The team we are waiting will be led by Mary Robinson, the UN special Envoy to DRC”, Mushiwabo said.

Gen. Nkunda’s issue to be discussed

Speaking about Gen. Laurent Nkunda’s case, Mushikiwabo said back in 2011 Rwanda and DRC Justice Ministers had agreed to involve a third party country to sort out former CNDP’s leader, Gen Nkunda.

Alongside other 500 men of the defeated rebel group M23, a new DRC delegation is expected in Rwanda to discuss the repatriation of the former fighters.

According to Minister Mushikiwabo, when DRC delegation visits to talk about repatriation of former M23 fighters, Gen. Nkunda issue will also be discussed in the same forum. Gen. Nkunda has been living in Rwanda since he was detained by Rwandan soldiers arrested him helping to end the CNDP rebellion in January 2009.

South Africa relations

The Minister also said her government was in negotiations to solve the current cold relations with South Africa. Since both countries expelled each other’s diplomats apart from ambassadors, Rwanda citizens are finding it hard to get visas to travel to South Africa, negotiations are underway to reinstate the diplomats.

Mushikiwabo also told GLV that she wasn’t aware of the whereabouts of the former ambassador to Burundi, Augustin Habimana since he abandoned his post in May 2013.

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