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Pretoria, South Africa – 30 July 2002
1. Wide shot signing ceremony
2. Mid shot Rwandan President Paul Kagame sitting down with Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila and signing agreement
3. Various Kagame and Kabila signing document
4. Kagame and Kabila shake hands
5. Cutaway audience
6. Mid shot Kagame
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Paul Kagame, Rwandan President:
“It paves the way for the withdrawal of the forces from the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo so that the Congolese people will be able to live in peace and struggle to rebuild their country and, as in Rwanda, to rebuild lives.”
8. Various cutaways audience
9. Pan to stage
10. SOUNDBITE: (French with English translation) Joseph Kabila, Democratic Republic of Congo President:
“Today must be considered a great day for the whole of Africa because one conflict less to the continent means one further step to the sustainable development that the continent needs so much.”
11. Mid shot audience
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Thabo Mbeki, South African President:
“I am quite confident that movement will also be achieved, with regards to processes leading to an interim government in the DRC (and) a transitional government, as an important step towards a process which must end with democratic elections.”
13. Audience applause
Pweto, Democratic Republic of Congo – 28 February 2001
14. Various Rwandan troops leaving the area
Leaders of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda signed a peace agreement on Tuesday to end a conflict between the two countries that has destabilised central Africa and killed millions of people.
The agreement is the latest effort to halt the conflict that has embroiled six African nations.
South African President Thabo Mbeki and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan brokered the peace deal.
Mbeki said he hoped the peace deal would lead to democratic elections eventually taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
DRC President Joseph Kabila told reporters that the violence must stop as he signed the agreement with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in a ceremony in South Africa.
The agreement commits Rwanda to pulling its 30,000 troops from the DRC in exchange for DRC repatriating thousands of Rwandan rebels that have used the country as a base for attacks on Rwanda.
An estimated 12,000 Rwandan Hutu militia fighters fled into DRC after taking part in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda that killed more than 500,000 people.
The DRC is to begin rounding up the Hutu militia fighters 30 days after the deal is signed.
Rwanda’s withdrawal will begin 15 days later and is to be completed in 45 days.
The peace agreement is to be monitored by a force whose composition is yet to be set.
It also requires the DRC and Rwandan government to provide the United Nations observers and South African officials with all available information on the location and numbers of the Hutu militia.
War broke out in the DRC in August 1998 when Rwanda and Uganda backed rebels sought to oust then-President Laurent Kabila. Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia sent troops to support the government.
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