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DR Congo, Uganda move to resolve border dispute

Posted by African Press International on September 9, 2007


musevenicongo.jpgDar es Salaam (Tanzania) The leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda have agreed to keep their troops at 150 kilometres away from the common border in a bid to stave off the dispute over oil drilling beneath Lake Albert, which straddles their borders.

DR Congo Foreign Minister Mbusa Nyamwisi told APA Sunday in Dar es salaam, Tanzania, that the decision was reached at a meeting on Saturday between Ugandas President Yoweri Museveni and his DRC counterpart Joseph Kabila and which was brokered by the host and Tanzanian President Kikwete.

“We have agreed to withdraw forces from each others border points with immediate effect,” Nyamwisi said, adding that the two leaders have also resolved to meet once every year to discuss issues that soil their bilateral ties.

The two countries have gone to war twice in the recent past with each accusing the other of harbouring rebels.

In the past month alone, skirmishes along the border have killed at least four people, including a British oil contractor.

Mr Nyamwisi said that the issue of joint petroleum line in L. Albert was agreed by both the parties, adding that whats left is to find mechanism to realise it.”

He also confirmed that a joint team would start demarcation of L. Albert next month.

In October, Museveni said Uganda discoverd oil in the Lake Albert area where production is expected to begin in 2009 between 6,000 and 10,000 barrels a day.

Published by Korir, API*APN tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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