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DR Congo, Kenyan Delegates Meet Representatives Of Armed Groups In South Kivu

The DR Congo government is said to have insisted that there would be no collective integration of rebels who surrender into the army and the police.

A meeting to find a lasting solution to the armed conflict in the  Democratic Republic of Congo, was held on Monday, May 23, in Bukavu, South Kivu with representatives of Presidents of DR Congo, Kenya and rebel leaders in attendance.

Armed groups in Uvira and Minembwe, were up until yesterday afternoon still being awaited while those in the neighbouring provinces of Tanganyika and Maniema had already arrived for the talks.

During the meeting, the objectives of the Nairobi process were clearly explained to armed groups.

Details of the deliberation were not immediately made public but information gleaned from representatives at the meeting revealed that the DR Congo government insisted that there would be no collective integration of rebels who surrender into the army and the police.

Another point of disagreement was the necessity to begin the process of transitional justice demanded by the local communities.

Agreements were also reached concerning the disarmament, demobilisation and reinsertion of rebels who voluntarily lay down their arms.

Kenya was represented at the talks by its Ambassador to the DR Congo along with some experts.

The logistic facilitation of the meeting was facilitated by the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

The Kenyan emissaries and the team from the DR Congo presidency will travel to Goma in North Kivu to brief the authorities there before returning to Kinshasa to prepare for the second round of the Nairobi direct discussions.

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