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Presidents of Uganda and Rwanda sign on Angola
Agreement on non-interference in domestic affairs

LUANDA Angola (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame have signed on Wednesday, in Luanda, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cease the hostilities between the two central African states.

The agreement was signed during a quadripartite summit which was also attended by the host Angolan President Joao Lourenco and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) leader Felix Tshisekedi.
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On the occasion, the Angolan president highlighted the importance of the understanding reached by the two neighboring countries of Rwanda and Uganda.

This is the second meeting of its kind that the Angolan capital hosts in less than two months, bringing together the four cited Heads of State after their last meeting held on July 12 this year.

Wednesday’s meeting was designed to allow the four statesmen to witness the signing of the documents that formalize the first consensus reached at their previous meetings, and based on the decisions taken at N’Sele mini-summit held outside Kinshasa (DRC) on May 31 last year.

The legal instruments signed in Luanda seal the understanding reached between Uganda and Rwanda that will help overcome the tension that has characterized the relations between the two neighboring countries whose animosity also has a strong impact on the security situation of the neighboring DR Congo.

 

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni [left] and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame | Coastweek

LUANDA Angola (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni [left] and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame seen after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which ceases the hostilities between the two central African states in Luanda, Angola. XINHUA PHOTO - FRANCISCO MIUDO
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The republic of Angola and the DR Congo facilitated the process.

A State House statement from Uganda later said leaders of Uganda and Rwanda met in Angola and agreed to respect each other’s sovereignty and of neighboring countries.

"They committed to refrain from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party or neighboring countries and also eliminate all factors that may create such perception," the pact said.

"The leaders will respect and protect the rights and freedoms of the nationals of the other party residing or transiting in their national territories, in accordance with laws of their countries," the agreement added.

The pact said the two countries will resume cross-border activities, including movement of persons and goods.

Museveni thanked his Angolan counterpart Joao Manuel Lourenco, for overseeing a reinforcement process that has culminated into Uganda and Rwanda signing a pact to improve their political and economic relations.

"I thank President Lourenco and Felix Tshisekedi of Democratic Republic of Congo for coming in so that we share the information we had and ensuring that we have a communique with Rwanda," Museveni said, according to the State House statement.

Museveni also told the meeting that he was already in touch with Kagame to seek a resolution to the issues between the two countries.

"I was already in touch with President Kagame through our own channels but this came as a reinforcement. We are just re-affirming what we have always held as principles of the African Union," Museveni said.

Uganda and Rwanda have since late February had a border hitch with Rwanda accusing Uganda of harboring its dissidents and also incarcerating its citizens who visit the country.

Rwanda urged its citizens not to cross the border into Uganda. Uganda has denied all the accusations made by Rwanda.
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Uganda and Rwanda communications regulators in talks on ending hostilities

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda and Rwanda communications regulators are in talks after the leaders of the two countries signed a pact on cessation of hostilities, a top government official said on Friday.

Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda’s minister of information communication technology and national guidance, said that Uganda Communications Commission and its Rwandan counterpart are in touch.

"The point of contention is that no publication on either side should propagate hostilities," Tumwebaze said in a tweet, noting that the talks are in the Angolan spirit.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame had signed an agreement brokered by Angola in which they both committed to refrain from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party or neighboring countries and also eliminate all factors that may create such perception, as well as enhancing, training, and infiltration of destabilizing forces.

Uganda and Rwanda have since late February had a border hitch with Rwanda accusing Uganda of harboring its dissidents and also incarcerating its citizens who visit the country.

Rwanda urged its citizens not to cross the border into Uganda. Uganda has denied all the accusations made by Rwanda.

Since then, online publications of each side have been publishing articles which each party considered as hostile propaganda.

The Communication regulators on each side have blocked some of the online publications.
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Agreement to cease hostility valuable for Rwanda-Uganda relations: official

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed Wednesday by Rwanda and Uganda to cease their hostility is "valuable", a senior Rwandan official said.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame signed the MOU during a quadripartite summit in Luanda, Angola, which was also attended by the host Angolan President Joao Lourenco and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) leader Felix Tshisekedi.

The two neighboring countries recently had experienced a frosty relation as the two sides blamed each other for different issues including people’s safety, spying, border issues, groups that are hostile to the Rwandan government.

Rwandan Foreign Minister Richard Sezibera in March "strongly" advised Rwandan people not to travel to Uganda due to "ongoing arrests, harassment, torture, incarceration without consular access and deportation etc."

The legal instruments seal the understanding reached between the two central African countries and will help overcome the tension that has characterized their relations.

A State House statement from Uganda said leaders of Uganda and Rwanda agreed to respect each other’s sovereignty and of neighboring countries.

Rwanda is keen on implementing the agreement to normalize the relations, Minister of State in charge of East African Affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe said in an interview with state broadcaster Radio Rwanda.

Zeno Mutimura, a former Rwandan diplomat, described the agreement as a positive move toward restoring the relations between the two countries.

"We hope it is going to work.

"We can hope it is going to be put in action," he said.
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Uganda and Rwanda communications regulators in talks on ending hostilities

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda and Rwanda communications regulators are in talks after the leaders of the two countries signed a pact on cessation of hostilities, a top government official said on Friday.

Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda’s minister of information communication technology and national guidance, said that Uganda Communications Commission and its Rwandan counterpart are in touch.

"The point of contention is that no publication on either side should propagate hostilities," Tumwebaze said in a tweet, noting that the talks are in the Angolan spirit.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame had signed an agreement brokered by Angola in which they both committed to refrain from actions conducive to destabilization or subversion in the territory of the other party or neighboring countries and also eliminate all factors that may create such perception, as well as enhancing, training, and infiltration of destabilizing forces.

Uganda and Rwanda have since late February had a border hitch with Rwanda accusing Uganda of harboring its dissidents and also incarcerating its citizens who visit the country.

Rwanda urged its citizens not to cross the border into Uganda.

Uganda has denied all the accusations made by Rwanda.

Since then, online publications of each side have been publishing articles which each party considered as hostile propaganda.

The Communication regulators on each side have blocked some of the online publications.
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United Nations chief welcomes Uganda-Rwanda MoU aimed at normalizing ties

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed on Friday the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) by leaders of Uganda and Rwanda, which aimed at normalizing bilateral relations.

Guterres encourages the two parties to implement the agreement "in good faith, with a view to restoring friendly relations and cooperation between the two neighboring states, in the interest of peace, stability and sustainable development in the region," his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

The secretary-general also recognizes the important role of President Joao Lourenco of Angola and President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in facilitating the signing of the memorandum, the statement said.

He stands ready to support the momentum generated through this and other initiatives to advance peace, cooperation and integration in the region, it added.

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda signed the MoU in Luanda, Angola on Wednesday.

             

 

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