African leaders seek end to DRC conflict
— Presidents from Africa’s Great Lakes region gathered yesterday in Uganda for a fresh bid to broker a deal to end fighting in resource-rich eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Meetings between DRC leader Joseph Kabila and his rival Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame — who rejects accusations of backing rebel forces in Congo — delayed the opening of full talks, Ugandan foreign ministry spokesman Elly Kamahungye said. The meeting of the 11-member International Conference on the Great Lakes Region — the seventh such summit held to try to find a lasting solution — comes amid a recent upsurge in violence. Rwanda’s Kagame also met separately with Tanzanian leader Jakaya Kikwete, following months of tense relations between their two nations.
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