Envoys regret lack of conclusion to Kampala Talks

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Displaced families living in Mugunga camp, in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo after their city fell to M23 rebel forces in November 2012 © Kate Holt/IRIN

Five envoys from the international community have expressed their dismay at the lack of agreement in talks between the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the rebel group M23.

In a statement on Monday, the envoys say they regret that the Kampala Dialogue could not be concluded that evening.

The talks, named for Uganda's capital, were being held in the city of Entebbe and were the result of nearly a year of negotiations.

The envoys, who represent the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and the African Union, note that the parties have expressed no differences on substantive points within the draft document.

However, they say agreement on the format has not yet been reached.

The envoys urge the parties to resolve their differences and remain committed to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Last week, the M23 announced it was ending its rebellion in the eastern DRC.

The envoys state that despite a change in the military situation, it is important that there be a political conclusion to the dialogue.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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