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Title:The Politics of Conflict Resolution in the Democratic Republic of Congo: The Inter-Congolese Dialogue Process
Author:Apuuli, Kasaija PhillipISNI
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:civil wars
peace treaties
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bcthe-politics-of-conflict-resolution-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo/
Abstract:This paper examines the process of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue (ICD), from the aborted Addis Ababa meeting in 2001, through the Sun City I talks of February-April 2002, the December 2002 Pretoria agreement up to the Sun City II final talks of April 2003. Specifically, the paper looks at the politics surrounding the conclusion of the 'final' peace agreement of Pretoria in December 2002, and explores the debate as to whether this agreement will hold, thus peacefully settling the conflict that has been going on since the DRC's (Democratic Republic of Congo) independence in 1960. The paper is premised on the argument that the Inter-Congolese Dialogue has provided an opportunity for all stakeholders in DRC politics to discuss the future of their country. Furthermore, it argues that part of the reason the parties to the conflict came to the negotiating table was the pressure exerted on them by both the regional and international communities. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]