Congo-Kinshasa: Extending the FDLR Disarmament Deadline Will Only Prolong the Agony

This week all eyes were to be on the joint summit between the South African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR) that was proposed by South African President Jacob Zuma earlier this month, but this event has now been cancelled, apparently at the behest of Angola, which currently holds the presidency of the ICGLR. The main item on the agenda was to be the FDLR (the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) – the Rwandan Hutu rebel group which has been operating in…

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Tanzania: We won’t be ready to join any combined attack against the rebels because not all people in eastern DR Congo are FDLR rebels

“As a country (Tanzania) we won’t be ready to join any combined attack against the rebels because not all people in eastern DR Congo are FDLR rebels,” Bernard Membe, Tanzania’s Minister for Foreign Affairs told the media in Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania, hence rejecting, for some observers, the urgency of conducting military operations against Rwandan rebels and refugees based in Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) . The declaration by the Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister comes after the Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete gave a cautious support on efforts to free Eastern…

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Malawi’s Mutharika rules out war with Tanzania over disputed lake but insists ‘lake issue is non-negotiable’

Malawi President Peter MutharikaBlantyre, Malawi, Aug. 12 (Raphael Tenthani/AGV) _ Malawi President Peter Mutharika Tuesday ruled out going to war with neighbouring Tanzania over the disputed border over Lake Malawi but insisted the issue of the lake, Africa’s third largest fresh-water lake, is non-negotiable.

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Tanzania courts DRC to check ‘coalition of the willing’

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete. PHOTO | FILE  Tanzania has initiated talks with neighbouring Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a view to establishing economic and trade relations following reports of the emergence of a ‘coalition of the willing’ nations within the East African Community (EAC). The country’s minister for EAC Affairs, Mr Samuel Sitta, said Wednesday in Dar es Salaam that Tanzania had thinking hard after Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda left out the other two members from their infrastructure talks. Mr Sitta said economically, it was sensible…

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Tanzania officially renounces ‘coalition of the willing’

Dar officially renounced ‘coalition of the willing’—Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda— saying the ongoing tri-lateral talks between the countries were against the EAC protocol. TEA Graphic/Anthony Sitti  Nation Media Group IN SUMMARY In a statement issued by the ministry of East African Cooperation, Tanzania also said the ongoing tri-lateral talks between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda were against the EAC protocol.  Defenders of this ‘coalition of the willing’ point out to an urgent need to get things moving between them, citing reported frustration by Dar which is accused of slowing down the speed…

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“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”

By Jennifer Fierberg Foreign Policy is a complex labyrinth of balancing local needs with international interests. This act requires awareness of one’s population, needs of the community, financial and peaceful stability as well as serving the interests of the greater good.  These are all signs of a mature and aware politician. The key here is being able to look beyond the individual interest to the needs and to focus and serve the needs of the great good. Recently, James Baker stated that, “America must be prepared to act unilaterally when…

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When elephants fight is the grass that suffers

By: Jennifer Fierberg Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, urged the Governments in the great lakes region to work together and end the war which has been going on for nearly 20 years, President Kikwete stressed that the only way out of that situation the region is facing was to speak to the rebels. Talks with the M23 in Uganda between this Rwandan backed rebel group and the government of the DRC have been going on for many months now but with little success. Most governments have a strict policy of not…

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Malawi, Tanzania fail to Resolve Lake Malawi Oil exploring dispute

Jakaya Kikwete of TanzaniaMZUZU–Malawi and Tanzania on Saturday announced that they had failed to resolve their dispute on the border of Lake Malawi and agreed to continue to push for a diplomatic and negotiated solution.

“After frank and spirited discussions between the two countries, we have concluded that our differences still remain,” Tanzanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe said at the end of a ministerial meeting.

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