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Rwanda has no soldiers in Kivu, says Kagame

Thursday March 5 2009

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame. Photo/REUTERS

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame. Photo/REUTERS 


KIGALI, Thursday

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has said all his soldiers left Northern Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week.

Addressing a monthly press conference on Tuesday in Kigali, President Kagame also dispelled fears that Rwanda forces’ pullout, would renew anxiety and instability in the region. He said that the prospects for peace were quite high.
President Kagame also said that a decision on Gen Laurent Nkunda’s fate will be made within two weeks. He said dialogue was still going on between Rwanda and Kinshasa.

Fight the rebel

Gen Nkunda, the former leader of the defunct National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP), was arrested by RDF in January, days after Rwanda had sent troops to North Kivu to fight the rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). FDLR is a Hutu militia group of Rwandan origin, which crossed into Congo after the 1994 genocide.

Gen Nkunda is under house-rest in Gisenyi, Rwanda


Rwanda and DRC last Monday signed a final joint report which included details of Umoja Wetu, the joint operation against the FDRL rebels. The report was signed in Goma by Gen John Numbi, who represented DRC and Brig. Gen. Jerome Ngendahimana for Rwanda.