News / Africa

DRC Peace Talks Stall, Rebels Say

In this May 21, 2013 photo, a United Nations tank stands guard along a roadside near Goma, DRC.
In this May 21, 2013 photo, a United Nations tank stands guard along a roadside near Goma, DRC.
Nick Long
Peace talks in Kampala, Uganda, between the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) government and the M23 rebels have stalled again, according to the rebels, who report government team leaders have left the talks.  
 
The meetings began in December and broke down in March before the two sides restarted talks earlier this week.
 
On Monday, there was some optimism that an agreement might be close, but on Friday the rebel delegation said there’s been little progress and that key DRC negotiators have left.
 
Rene Abandi, head of the M23 rebel delegation, said foreign affairs minister Raymond Tshibanda had left Kampala and that his deputy, Abbe Malu Malu, is not there either, leaving the government team leaderless.
 
According to Abandi, the DRC government team that remains in Uganda is unable to make decisions.
 
There are reports of a breakdown in relations between the Congolese minister Raymond Tshibanda and the facilitator of the talks, Ugandan defense minister Crispus Kiyonga.
 
"It seems there was a disagreement between the head of the Congolese delegation and the facilitator and maybe if the talks carry on we will see a new head of the government delegation in Kampala," said Thierry Vircoulon, an analyst with the International Crisis Group. "I say maybe because the talks don’t seem to be making much progress. The draft agreements that are circulating since December seem to be more or less the same so it seems to be always more or less the same discussion."
 
When asked if he'd had a disagreement with Tshibanda, Uganda Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga said, "Why don't you talk to him, look for him, they are quoting him, they are not quoting me.  Look for Raymond Tshibanda."
 
Attempts to reach Tshibanda were unsuccessful.

Francois Muamba, a senior member of the government team in Kampala, would not confirm whether Tshibanda had left the talks after a disagreement with Kiyonga.
 
The M23 rebels are weakened and contained militarily, and the DRC government is not in a hurry to reach an agreement, according to the International Crisis Group's Thierry Vircoulon, who said Congolese army chiefs appear optimistic about their chances of defeating M23 on the battlefield.

You May Like

Kurdish Party Pushes Political Gamble to Run in Turkey Poll

HDP announces it will run as political party instead of fielding independent candidates in June election, but faces tough 10 percent threshold More

Twitter Targets Islamic State

New research shows suspending Twitter accounts of Islamic State, its supporters has been effective; group, its backers are facing 'significant pressure,' says terrorism expert More

Video Former Sudan 'Lost Boy' Becomes Chess Master in NYC

Majur Juac made the leap from being a refugee in Africa to a master chess champion in US, where he shares his expertise with students More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Oxen from: Mars
July 14, 2013 7:01 PM
The last avenue for DRC to get a good peace deal or deliver anything tangible is Kampala-even Kigali could do a bit better in that regard-despite Kigali's alleged support of the rebels. Kampala regime is well known for peace jokes-the name they earned in 1985 in Nairobi. It is foolhardy to think the regime changed. It is an opportunistic group over there. The side they choose will be dictated more by the geopolitics,UN, SADC resolve and DRC army strength and stern action on any plunder of DRC minerals, timber and wild life. The drones may help monitor the borders too on some illegal trafficking that Europe can help curb by confiscating illegal or smuggled goods.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Webi
X
January 29, 2015 9:58 AM
Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
Video

Video Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Web

Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
Video

Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Freedom on Decline Worldwide, Report Says

The state of global freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2014, according to global watchdog Freedom House's annual report released Wednesday. VOA's William Gallo has more.
Video

Video As Ground Shifts, Obama Reviews Middle East Strategy

The death of Saudi Arabia’s king, the collapse of a U.S.-friendly government in Yemen and a problematic relationship with Israel’s leadership are presenting a new set of complications for the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Not only is the U.S. leader dealing with adversaries in Iran, the Islamic State and al-Qaida, but he is now juggling trouble with traditional allies, as White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video MRI Seems to Help Diagnose Prostate Cancer, Preliminary Study Shows

Just as with mammography used to detect breast cancer, there's a lot of controversy about tests used to diagnose prostate cancer. Fortunately, a new study shows doctors may now have a more reliable way to diagnose prostate cancer for high risk patients. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
Video

Video Smartphones About to Make Leap, Carry Basic Senses

Long distance communication contains mostly sounds and pictures. For now. But scientists in Britain say they are close to creating additions for our smartphones that will make it possible to send taste, smell and even a basic touch. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
Video

Video Saved By a Mistake - an Auschwitz Survivor's Story

Dagmar Lieblova was 14 when she arrived at Auschwitz in December 1943, along with her entire Czech Jewish family. All of them were to die there, but she was able to leave after several months due to a bureaucratic mix-up which saved her life. Now 85, with three children and six grandchildren, she says she has a feeling of victory. This report by Ahmad Wadiei and Farin Assemi, of RFE/RL's Radio Farda is narrated by RFE’s Raymond Furlong.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid