The eagerly awaited meeting organized on July 6 in Luanda between the Congolese and Rwandan presidents did not produce a joint final communiqué, leaving the field open, in the hours that followed, to various interpretations. Felix Tshisekedi et Paul Kagame have nevertheless agreed on a roadmap. His goal ? Restore confidence between Kinshasa and Kigali, and initiate a “de-escalation” in eastern DRC. “There was the clear intention to move forward and put an end to this crisis”, rejoiced the Congolese head of state at the end of the meeting organized by the Angolan João Lourenço. , mediator of the African Union (AU).
Kinshasa can congratulate itself on having obtained – at least on paper – the immediate and “unconditional” cessation of hostilities in the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, as well as the withdrawal of the M23 rebellion from its positions in the DRC. Since June 13, its fighters have in fact occupied the town of Bunagana, on the border with Uganda, as well as several localities in the territory of Rutshuhuru, and Kinshasa has repeatedly accused Kigali of having helped it there.
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