On Monday, the East African Community, EAC, leaders will gather in Nairobi for a summit called by President Uhuru Kenyatta to review the security situation in eastern DRC.
Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Uganda are members of the EAC conclave, which was established to promote negotiation between rebels and the Congolese government.
In a statement announcing Monday’s meeting, President Kenyatta, the current chairman of the EAC, stated that people in the eastern DRC “had long suffered and continue to pay an inordinately hefty price in loss of lives, property, and elusive peace.”
Two scoping and mapping talks with international and local armed groups involved in the DRC have taken place in Nairobi in the last two months.
Rwanda has denied supporting the rebels on numerous occasions, while both governments have accused one other of cross-border shelling.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called for a regional EAC force to be sent in eastern DRC to restore peace on Wednesday, but Kinshasa indicated it would not tolerate Rwanda’s participation.
On Sunday, EAC regional commanders were set to meet to finalize preparations for the unified force’s deployment.
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