Source: Ministry of Defence Rwanda
The Government of Rwanda is hosting a high level regional meeting on the problem of Armed Negative Forces in the Great Lakes Region, organized by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
The Ministers of Defense from Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia, will have a one day meeting at Lemigo Hotel (Kigali), on 9th September 2011.
The meeting will be preceded by the Meeting of Experts from 7-8 September 2011. Major objectives of the meeting include sharing important information and exchange views on the nefarious activities of the negative forces; assess progress made in combating the negative forces through the various bilateral and regional initiatives undertaken to deal with the negative forces; deliberate on the strategies that will enhance the capabilities of the Region to effectively fight against the negative forces; develop a joint operational plan against Armed Negative Forces with enumerated time lines and strengthen cooperation in the efforts to deal with the threat of terrorism.
The negative armed forces that are a major cause of instability in the Great Lakes Region include among others the Forces for the Defence and Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a Rwandan criminal group operating in Eastern DRC and the Diaspora in alliance with other criminal elements under the guise of pseudo-political associations; the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan armed rebel group now operating in DRC, Sudan and Central African Republic as well as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), another Ugandan armed rebel group operating in the Ituri province of DRC.
The meeting shall adopt a common approach with a view to supporting bilateral and regional initiatives and intensifying efforts in dealing with these negative armed groups.