NAIROBI, 24 January (IRIN) - A Ugandan
military delegation has been in Bunia, a town in the northeast of the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC), since Tuesday for talks with the Union des patriotes
congolais pour la reconciliation et la paix (UPCRP).
Radio Candip, a UPCRP-controlled radio, reported on Thursday that talks centred on the possibility of restoring the alliance between movement and Uganda.
UPCRP Chairman Thomas Lubanga received the delegation, led by Maj-Gen Salim Saleh, who is the commander of Uganda's Reserve Force and army representative in parliament.
The UPCRP recently entered into an alliance with the Rwandan-backed Rassemblement congolais pour la democratie-Goma (RCD-Goma). The agreement, signed on 6 January in the eastern DRC city of Goma, committed the two parties to support each other in the domains of politics, the military and the economy.
The accord cited a "convergence of points of view" between RCD-Goma and UPCRP, including the demand for the total withdrawal of foreign military forces from the DRC and the cessation of military support the Kinshasa government is allegedly providing Mayi-Mayi and Interahamwe militias, as well as "other negative forces" in eastern DRC, as the rationale for the alliance.
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