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European Union Envoy In Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda (PANA) - European Union's special representatives in the Great Lakes region, Aldo Ajello, continued his two day-visit to Rwanda Saturday as part of his tour to consult countries involved in the Democratic Republic of Congo conflict.
On Friday, Ajello held discussions in Kigali with the interim Rwandan president, Maj. Gen. Paul Kagame, on "the ways and means" to ensure the respect of the 10 July 1999 Lusaka agreements on the DRC conflict.

According to the envoy, political will is lacking among the belligerents to implement the Lusaka peace agreements, although these constitute the only ones signed so far.

He said renegotiating these accords could delay peace and reconstruction efforts being awaited by the population in the Great Lakes region.

"The military option is not sound and it has already shown its limitations after several years of confrontation," he added.

However, the EU representatives sounded more optimistic about the civil war in Burundi.

He said the inter-Burundi peace process was on the right track, adding that all armed groups will soon join the other parties in negotiations to end the conflict, which started in late 1993.

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