Inter-Congolese dialogue opens as East Africa Community seeks to end DRC rebel activity

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A fresh round of EAC-led talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and armed militia operational in the eastern DRC has opened in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi without, however, the presence of the M23 Tutsi rebel group that Kinshasa says is being supported by Kigali.

A ceasefire between Congolese government troops and M23 rebels appears to be holding in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo despite some clashes reported between rival militias.

Under the ceasefire agreement that came into force on Friday night, the March 23 rebel group – which has seized swathes of territory – was to withdraw from "occupied zones" failing which an East African regional force would intervene.

This comes as a third Inter-Congolese dialogue got underway in Nairobi at the beginning of the week, with the talks being facilitated by Kenya’s former president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Only last week, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi attended a regional mini-summit in the Angolan capital Luanda where the details of the deal on the latest cessation of hostilities were agreed.

Both Tshisikedi and Rwandan president Paul Kagame joined the opening of the Nairobi talks via videolink, but according to RFI Kiswahili's Victor Abuso, their participation was more of a courtesy call than a direct engagement in negotiations.

The Inter-Congolese dialogue continues in Nairobi until Saturday 3 December.

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