Belgium Foreign Affairs Minister, Didier Reynders, has embarked on the one week trip this August 2012, to visit Rwanda and DRC following accusations in a UN report that Rwanda was aiding congolese M23 rebels.
During the trip Reynders will first meet the congolese government officials over the crisis in Eastern DRC and later travel to meet the Rwanda government leadership including Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo and President Paul Kagame.
“My aim is to try to calm things down by encouraging both countries to have a talk, where I will get each party’s point of view,” said Reynders.
“have communicated with Rwanda several times to confirm that it is willing to not be a player problem but the solution, it provides, better border control and prevents any support for rebels,” he added.
In DRC, he will discuss with the President of the National Assembly, Aubin Minaku, and perhaps with President Joseph Kabila, as well as representatives of the political opposition and civil society.
He will also meet the “boss” of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), the American diplomat Roger Meece.
Belgium does not currently considering and, unlike some of its European partners, to suspend development aid to Rwanda (Euros 160 Million over three years). But as usual puts the issue of eastern Congo on the European agenda.
The fact that Rwanda has responded to the report of the expert group of the UN and is considered a positive sign in Brussels.