jeudi 16 avril 2009

Rechauffement des relation entre Kampala et Kinshasa

Kabila et Museveni à Kasindi Nord kivu République Démocratique du Congo

KAMPALA, Uganda (Dow Jones) - Uganda and Congo have stepped up efforts to
improve diplomatic ties in a bid to better exploit cross-border mineral
resources, Congo's diplomatic attache to Uganda told Dow Jones Newswires
Wednesday.Yav Juvenile said Congo is in the process of upgrading its mission to
ambassadorial level and is working closely with the Ugandan Ministry of
Energy and Minerals on ways to improve oil exploration and exploitation on
its side of the Albertine rift."We are working together, Uganda is already ahead of us and we believe that
improved cooperation will benefit both countries," he said.
Last month, the presidents of Uganda and Congo agreed to implement the 2007
Ngorduto agreement, which provides for improved political and economic
cooperation between the two countries. The agreement was reached following
a spate of military clashes between the countries over border disputes.
Uganda has already appointed an ambassador to Congo. The two are currently
constituting a joint oil exploration committee to oversee exploration
activities on both sides of the Albertine rift. Congo is close to granting
an oil exploration production license to U.K.-based Tullow Oil PLC
(TLW.LN), which already operates on the Ugandan side of the border.
Since 2006, Uganda has taken remarkable strides in oil exploration on its
side of the rift. However, similar activities on the Congolese side have
been hampered by insecurity and the government's decision to review of all
mining contracts signed between 1996-2003.

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