World The DRC and Zambian authorities meet in Lubumbashi

07:25  14 august  2020
07:25  14 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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In Lubumbashi, the work of the DRC-Zambia joint commission on defense and security ended on Thursday 13 August. Among the issues on the agenda is the border dispute between the two countries for more than four months.

With our correspondent in Lubumbashi, Denise Maheho

In the final press release the two parties recommend that the work on the delimitation of the disputed border in the province of Tanganyika start on September 1st. Since last March, the Zambian army has occupied some localities in Congolese territory and the fighting has left two people dead on the Congolese side. The Zambian delegation was led by Defense Minister Davies Chama and on the Congolese side, by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Gilbert Kankonde.

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For both parties, the DRC and Zambia have good relations even though they face cross-border crimes. Regarding the border conflict around the towns of Kibanga in DRC and Chibanga in Zambia, delegates from two countries simply recommend that SADC continue to mediate. “The commission recommended to the two governments to mobilize the necessary resources so that the experts responsible for the demarcation of the said border meet as agreed on September 1, 2020 in order to continue the work started within the framework of the SADC mediation for s 'ensure that the populations living in these areas are no longer displaced,' explains Mathieu Mulala, one of the Congolese experts.

But why this question, which nevertheless seemed important, was not addressed in depth during the work in Lubumbashi? Response from Benoit Janvier Tshibwabwa, chief of staff to the Congolese Minister of the Interior and head of the delegation of Congolese experts: “The situation you are talking about is a situation that goes beyond this framework here and which is resolved at a high level, ie. ie at the SADC level and monitoring is ensured at the government level. This is not the framework of our work today which is a standing defense and security committee. "

In the province of Tanganyika where the border conflict is present, several sources continue to affirm that the Zambian troops are still on Congolese soil despite the seven-day ultimatum set by SADC on July 27.

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