Text Version
RSS Feeds
Home Forum Photos Features Newsletter Archive Employment
About US Help Site Map
SEARCH   About US FAQ Site Map Site News
  -Text Version
  -RSS Feeds
  -News Archive
  -Give us feedback
  -Voices of Readers
  -Online community
  -China Biz info
  What's new
DR Congo president says Ugandan troops out in March
+ -
16:33, March 09, 2009

Click the "PLAY" button and listen. Do you like the online audio service here?
Good, I like it
Just so so
I don't like it
No interest
 Related News
 ADB grants DR Congo $8 mln in aid to agricultural production
 UN chief to visit DR Congo
 DR Congo says foreign troops to pull back in February
 UN welcomes release of two hostages in DR Congo
 DR Congo army chief says UN mission unavoidable in anti-insurgency operation
 Comment  Tell A Friend
 Print Format  Save Article
Ugandan troops joining a joint military operation against insurgency in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) will pull out by the end of March, Congolese President Joseph Kabila announced on Sunday.

Kabila, who was visiting Musienene in the eastern province of North Kivu, said: "From now to the end of March, the Ugandan army will pull back and the encircling operation against the Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA)."

On his recent meeting with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Kabila said that "relations with Uganda will improve in the coming days," stressing that Kinshasa and Kampala will resume both political and economic ties.

DR Congo invited Uganda and southern Sudan to the anti-LRA operation on Dec. 14 in the vast central African country's northeastern province of Orientale, where the rebel group has been holed up in recent years.

In February, the Congolese government said the Ugandan army would pull out by the end of the month, saying coalition forces had neutralized 80 percent of rebels and that LRA leader Joseph Kony had gone into hiding in forests near the border with southern Sudan.

According to Ugandan Information Minister Kabakumba Masiko, Museveni and Kabila "agreed to work together in ending that rebellion. This means the operation is still going on."

The two presidents met on Wednesday at Kasindi in North Kivu, where they also decided to effectively exchange their ambassadors as a token of normalcy in ties which broke in the 1990s.

A cooperation protocol was signed after the talks, under which Uganda will provide power supply to border towns of DR Congo, including Beni, Butembo and Lubero. The two leaders agreed to cooperate in exploiting oil in the Lake Albert region, which spans the two countries' common border.

Both leaders reaffirmed their determination to implement the Ngurdoto accord reached in Tanzania on the neutralization of "negative forces" operating in the northeast of DR Congo.

Kabila and Museveni signed the deal on Sept. 8, 2007 to defuse border tensions caused by LRA, which, notorious for mutilating limbs and abducting children, has waged one of the longest guerrilla wars in Africa since 1986, roaming between Uganda, Sudan, DR Congo and Central African Republic.

The rebel group has killed more than 900 civilians in retaliation for the launch of the three-nation operation. Its guerrilla warfare has left tens of thousands dead and 2 million homeless over years.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, has issued arrest warrants for the top five leaders of LRA on charges of war crimes and anti-human crimes.


  Your Message:   Most Commented:
British boy becomes father at 13
Looted Chinese relics sold for 14 million euros each
Full Text of Human Rights Record of United States in 2008
China hits back with report on U.S. human rights record
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Beijing for China visit

|About Peopledaily.com.cn | Advertise on site | Contact us | Site map | Job offer|
Copyright by People's Daily Online, All Rights Reserved