The Rwanda-Uganda squabbles could end soon after a high level meeting in Angola on Sunday that resulted into further steps towards a peaceful resolution.
The third Quadripartite Summit on Uganda- Rwanda spat was again hosted by Angola and DR Congo in Luanda.
Museveni thanked Angola’s President Joao Laurenco for hosting the summit and said that, “Uganda will do its part to ensure resolutions of the summit are implemented.”
By press time, Rwanda had not issued any statement about the meeting, but a trusted source told Taarifa that no official communique has been issued because, “It was a closed session by Heads of State. They were only four in the room.”
Today in Luanda, President Kagame alongside President Tshisekedi, President Museveni attended the Quadripartite meeting hosted by President João Lourenço pic.twitter.com/nVCqi8v7cU
— Presidency | Rwanda (@UrugwiroVillage) February 2, 2020
Not official in Rwanda has said anything about the meeting.
However, Museveni’s Press Secretary, Don Wanyama, outlined the resolution of the meeting in a tweet earlier.
He said, “Uganda-Rwanda meeting in Luanda has ended. Five key resolutions arrived at. Release of prisoners, no support for “destabilisers”, protect citizens human rights, Ad Hoc team to continue & heads of state to meet again 21/2/2020 at Katuna border.”
A document with no signatures or stamps with the resolutions has been circulating on social media. But Taarifa has confirmed from a source that the document is authentic.
Meanwhile, there is a twist in the matter.
Uganda accused Rwanda of holding Ugandan captives.
Previously, Rwanda maintained it’s demand for the release of its citizens. Uganda had never officially claimed it’s citizens were detained in Rwanda.
However, in the resolutions, both countries said they had submitted lists of their detained citizens and agreed that they be released.
An official from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said there are no Ugandan detainees in Rwanda.
“Not at all,” the source told Taarifa on Sunday evening. “We don’t have any. In a diplomatic language, those communiqués are formulated that way. The Luanda MoU was the same,” he said.
He added that, “For any arrest of a foreign citizens suspected of any crime, we immediately inform the Embassy.”
Foreign Affairs State Minister, Olivier Nduhungirehe said, “The next Quadripartite Summit will be preceded by a meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission to assess the implementation of decisions mentioned in 7 a), b), c), mainly the release of Rwandan citizens illegally detained in #Uganda and the end of any support to anti-#Rwanda armed groups.”
The next Quadripartite Summit will be preceded by a meeting of the Ad Hoc Commission to assess the implementation of decisions mentioned in 7 a), b), c), mainly the release of Rwandan citizens illegally detained in #Uganda and the end of any support to anti-#Rwanda armed groups. https://t.co/Rx4uhFy6Td
— Amb. Olivier J.P. Nduhungirehe (@onduhungirehe) February 2, 2020