Home · Weather · Forum · Learning Chinese · Jobs · Shopping
Search This Site
China | International | Business | Government | Environment | Olympics/Sports | Travel/Living in China | Culture/Entertainment | Books & Magazines | Health
Home / International / International -- World Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Presidents of Uganda, DRC Agree to Meet
Adjust font size:

The presidents of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have agreed to hold a face-to-face summit in two weeks to discuss the tension at their common border, according to foreign ministry sources.

"The summit will take place on the September 7 and 8 in the Tanzanian town of Arusha," said James Mugume, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, quoted by state-owned New Vision on Sunday.

Congolese foreign minister Mbusa Nyamwisi flew to Kampala this weekend to deliver a message from President Joseph Kabila to his Ugandan counterpart, requesting for a direct meeting between the two heads of state.

"My visit is a response to the visit 10 days ago by minister Sam Kutesa, aimed at reinforcing our relations of good neighborliness. Like the proverb says, when you turn your neighbor into a friend, you can sleep with your door open," Nyamwisi said.

"But I also came with a message from Mr. Kabila. He asked for a meeting between the two heads of state before September 15," said Nyamwisi.

The objective of the summit is to build confidence, Nyamwisi said. But he admitted it was also about reaching an agreement on the common exploitation of the oil reserves in Lake Albert, which is shared by both countries.

Earlier this month, Congolese troops attacked an oil barge belonging to Canadian-based Heritage Oil near the tiny Rukwanzi Island, killing a British oil worker. A week earlier, the Congolese army captured four Ugandan soldiers at the same place, accusing them of illegally entering their waters.

"We have made an agreement over the sharing of oil reserves with Angola. We will do the same with Uganda. It is even an opportunity for us to work together," Nyamwisi said.

He called the recent incidents "unfortunate" and "regrettable" which would not happen again. "We don't want them to be repeated. We are very much aware that we need to stabilize the situation. We need to move forward, not backward. And I know the President is also convinced of that."

A border commission is to establish the exact borderline between the two countries based on the colonial maps, he repeated what his Ugandan counterpart had said earlier.

"We are going to establish a commission which will determine the borders. We have already called in Belgian expertise," said Nyamwisi.

The commission would have to establish to which country the disputed Rukwanzi Island belongs.

"But it is not about that little piece of land," he noted. "It is about the wealth underneath it. As long as there was nothing, we did not even know it existed."

(Xinhua News Agency August 27, 2007)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Username   Password   Anonymous

China Archives
Related >>
- Uganda Calls for Urgent Summit with DRC to Diffuse Border Tension
- Ugandan Gov't Accuses LRA Rebels of Rearming in DRC
- DRC Vows to Pursue LRA Rebels in Bushes
- Uganda to Host 4-nation Meeting on Security Issue
Most Viewed >>
-What's behind Russia's military show-off
-Cambodian government postpones meeting for officials to celebrate Spring Festival
-Chinese in Chad moved to safety
-Iran launches first space research center
-Quakes kill at least 38, wounds hundreds
> Korean Nuclear Talks
> Reconstruction of Iraq
> Middle East Peace Process
> Iran Nuclear Issue
> 6th SCO Summit Meeting
- China Development Gateway
- Foreign Ministry
- Network of East Asian Think-Tanks
- China-EU Association
- China-Africa Business Council
- China Foreign Affairs University
- University of International Relations
- Institute of World Economics & Politics
- Institute of Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies
- Institute of West Asian & African Studies
- Institute of Latin American Studies
- Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies
- Institute of Japanese Studies
SiteMap | About Us | RSS | Newsletter | Feedback

Copyright © All Rights Reserved E-mail: Tel: 86-10-88828000 京ICP证 040089号