Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government delegation

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government delegation and the M23 rebels mediated by the Ugandan government have recommitted themselves to implementing the 2009 Peace Accord which temporally ended fighting between the two warring parties.

Crispus Kiyonga, the mediator of the talks, who is also Uganda’ s minister of defense, told reporters here late on Wednesday that the parties still see the 2009 peace agreement as relevant.

He said that both parties have reviewed the accord and agreed that although they both faulted, there were some successes.

"In total, 23 provisions were either fully (15) or partially (8) implemented, and 12 provisions were either poorly implemented or not handled at all. Accordingly, it is recommended that a monitoring and evaluation mechanism be established," he said.

Kiyonga said the review on the progress of the March 23, 2009 Peace Accord completes the first of the four phases of the ongoing peace negotiations held in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

The remaining phases of the talks include security issues, political, economic and social issues and the follow-up mechanism of what has been agreed upon.

The talks between the DRC government and the M23 rebels are as a result of regional efforts to end fighting in the eastern part of the central African country.

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