Rwandan, Ugandan defence and security chiefs meet

Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan and Ugandan military and intelligence chiefs met Monday in Kabale, near their common border in southwest Uganda in a bid to diffuse rising tension between the two neighbours, official sources in Kigali reported Monday night.
Rwanda's delegation was led by Defence minister Col.
Emmanuel Habyarimana, and included Brigadier General James Kabarebe, Rwandan Army Chief of Staff, Col.
Jaques Nziza, Head of the Department of Military Intelligence (DMI), and other senior army officers.
Uganda was represented at the meeting by Defence minister Amama Mbabazi, Army commander Lt-Gen.
Jeje Odongo, and military intelligence head Lt-Col.
Noble Mayombo, among other senior officers.
The meeting was mediated by the UK, which was represented by its Ambassador in Kigali, Sue Hogwood and the British High Commissioner in Kampala, Tom Philipps.
In the past days, tension has heightened between Uganda and Rwanda with the one accusing the other of amassing troops along the border for an attack.
After more than five hours of meeting, an imminent outbreak of war seemed to have been averted between the two former allies, who are backing different rebel factions in DR Congo.
"The ministers reviewed and discussed security concerns of both countries and emphasised the desire to resolve them amicably and expeditiously," a joint communiqué issued at the end of the meeting said.
The two delegations agreed to immediately start the work of the joint verification commission established by Rwandan president Paul Kagame and his counterpart, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on the sidelines of the Durban Conference on Racism last September.
They accepted to involve the UK diplomatic missions in both capital as well as other embassies to verify any information that could have the potential of causing misunderstanding.
Concerning dissidents from both countries harboured by the two countries, the two delegations agreed not to allow them to use their territories to destabilise the home country, and undertook to relocate them to a third country with the help of the UN High Commission for Refugees.
More importantly, Uganda agreed to withdraw from the common border one battalion it had deployed in September after the Ugandan army dissidents in Kigali declared their intention to launch an armed struggle to topple the regime of president Museveni, and to move it further inside southwest Uganda, away from the border.
In the same communiqué, a meeting between the leaders of the two countries was confirmed for 6 November 2001 in London, with the British government as a facilitator.

30 october 2001 00:01:00

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