Uganda recommits to normalizing relations with Rwanda

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KAMPALA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Uganda on Friday said it is committed to normalizing its relation with neighboring Rwanda.

Ofwono Opondo, government spokesperson, said in a statement issued here that Uganda has no intentions of destabilizing the government of Rwanda.

Opondo refuted reports that Uganda hosted a meeting of a Rwandan rebel group Rwanda National Congress (RNC).

He said the government strongly rejects the renewed calculated fabrication by unknown people claiming that the country recently hosted the meeting for purposes of the election of a committee of RNC.

"Uganda reiterates that it doesn't know, host or deal in any way with such a group, a fact that has been ably communicated through appropriate channels to the government of Rwanda," said Opondo.

Rwanda last week requested to postpone a border dispute meeting with Uganda.

Government representatives from both countries met in September and recommitted to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in August in Luanda, Angola to cease hostilities between the two countries.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in August met in Angola to find a lasting solution to the differences between the two countries. The two leaders signed an MOU.

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. Enditem

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