Rwanda Uganda Agreement

At a meeting in the morning, Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa said his country wanted to “fully implement the agreement.” Rwanda and Uganda are committed to implementing the agreement signed in Luanda in August to reduce tensions between them, representatives of the two countries` governments said on Monday. The two heads of state and government signed an agreement, called the Luanda-Memorandum of Understanding, which was attested by Tshisekedi and Lourenco. Angolan President Joao Lourenco, who is testifying with his counterparts from the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, welcomed the agreement and said it “showed the willingness of the two presidents to overcome conflicts.” KAMPALA, OUGANDA – Ugandan and Rwandan officials failed On Saturday to agree on most of the issues between them: mutual accusations of destabilizing acts, protection of the rights and freedoms of other nationals, and resumption of cross-border activities. After the signing, Museveni said, “Uganda is committed to enforcing this agreement,” while Kagame said that “both countries can take some time” for the two countries to “get along, but I think we`ve come a long way.” Meetings of the ad hoc joint committee for the implementation of the Luanda Agreement are expected to examine the progress made since President Paul Kagame and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni signed the agreement in August. In the agreement signed in the Angolan capital, the two sides agreed to respect the sovereignty of the other, refrain from any appeal to destabilize each other`s territory and resume cross-border activities “as soon as possible,” as indicated in a copy of the agreement seen by Reuters. We have agreed on a number of issues that will be implemented between our two countries, mainly to improve our security, trade and political relations. Uganda is firmly committed to enforcing this agreement. Although the opening date of the main border crossing is unclear, the news of the agreement to resume cross-border activities as soon as possible has brought relief to some traders. According to the agreement, the two sides agreed on the creation of a commission for the implementation of the pact, under the leadership of the heads of the secret services and the foreign ministers of each country.

Diplomats and observers hoped that Wednesday`s pact, with its concrete commitments from heads of state and government, would ease tensions. In the 1990s, the armies of Uganda and Rwanda waged war in eastern Congo while supporting rival rebel groups. Many parts of eastern Congo remain lawless and armed groups are still operating there.