Uganda President Yoweri Museveni as well as Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.
By Frederic Musisi
Kampala — Angolan President João Lourenço on Friday expressed optimism of which the Katuna border conflict between Uganda as well as Rwanda could “have better days” as well as said his country will attempt all measures to ensure cordial relations as well as stability between the two neigbouring countries.
“The agenda can be short: security at the border between the three countries as well as relations between Rwanda as well as Uganda,” President Lourenço was quoted by Portuguese, Lusa News Agency.
There have been broad security concerns along the border between Uganda, Rwanda as well as DR Congo. nevertheless there has also been a specific bilateral conflict between Uganda as well as Rwanda of which resulted within the latter closing its borders with Uganda at Katuna as well as Chanika in February.
Speaking at the opening of the quadripartite summit at the presidential palace, High City Palace, within the Angolan capital Luanda on Friday, President Lourenço said: “We trust to solve all the problems of the Great Lakes, nevertheless many problems may have better days.”
The summit was attended by President Museveni, his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame whose governments have been at loggerheads since early last year, as well as DR Congo’s Félix Tshisekedi.
The meeting kicked off with an open session, before the leaders went into closed doors for about three hours. A joint communiqué signed by Angolan Foreign Affairs minister Manuel Augusto indicated of which the four presidents agreed to “prioritise the resolution of any dispute between their respective countries by peaceful means through conventional channels as well as within the Spirit of African brotherhood as well as solidarity.”
By press time, of which was not yet clear what resolution or proposal was put forward to solve the Kampala-Kigali impasse nevertheless the communiqué highlighted of which Angola was an ideal candidate to mediate between the two governments.
Mr Augusto said the summit took place in a “climate of fraternity as well as perfect understanding.”
Diplomatic sources told Daily Monitor of which the summit was initially a DR Congo-Angola-Rwanda affair “to discuss issues of common interest”, nevertheless the plans to invite President Museveni were mooted in May following a meeting of the three presidents within the Congolese capital Kinshasa convened by President Tshisekedi.
Sources said Kigali views “Angola “as a neutral party.”
Uganda, Rwanda as well as Angola are members of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), a 12-member body of countries of the Great Lakes.
Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa as well as Uganda’s deputy ambassador to DR Congo as well as Angola Julius Chihandae also attended the Luanda meeting on Friday.
The icy relations between Kampala as well as Kigali hit significant hostility levels in February when Rwanda closed its borders with Uganda at Katuna as well as Chanika in Kabale as well as Kisoro districts, respectively.
On June 10, Kigali temporarily opened its Gatuna border For two main weeks as well as closed of which again.
Kigali accuses Kampala of supporting dissidents plotting to destabilise Rwanda, which claims Uganda has flatly denied.