Kagame postpones Uganda-Rwanda border talks

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Rwanda has asked Uganda to postpone the scheduled talks to settle border issues and tensions between the two states.

This was announced Thursday evening by government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo.

“The media is hereby informed that the Second meeting of the Adhoc Commission on Luanda MoU between Uganda and Rwanda scheduled for November 18, 2019 in Kampala has been postponed at the request of Rwanda,” Opondo said.

He added: “A new date will be communicated.”

While addressing press last Friday, President Paul Kagame blamed Kampala for delaying the talks saying Rwanda was ready to continue but Uganda wasn’t forthcoming on the next meeting.

“All I can say is that it’s a matter that can be resolved. That must be resolved. Because the alternative is not something that we should even be thinking about, or entertaining…” Kagame said.

In July this year, presidents of Rwanda and Uganda pledged at a summit in Angola to seek to resolve tensions that have erupted between their two countries in recent months.

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni, once close allies, have exchanged public accusations of spying on each other’s territory and political interference.

Trade has been severely disrupted since late February when Rwanda abruptly closed the border with its northern neighbour, severing a major economic land route.

Apart from a brief interlude in June the frontier has remained shut, damaging the economies of both countries reliant on cross-border trade.

In May, Ugandan Police accused Rwandan soldiers of entering the country and killing two men, drawing an angry denial from Rwanda.

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