A high-level meeting of Rwandan and Burundi intelligence chiefs will meet at the Nemba One-Stop Border Post in the district of Bugesera to discuss security issues that have strained the relations between the two countries. Brig . Gen. Vin...
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A high-level meeting of Rwandan and Burundi intelligence chiefs will meet at the Nemba One-Stop Border Post in the district of Bugesera to discuss security issues that have strained the relations between the two countries.
Brig . Gen. Vincent Nyakarundi, Head of Defense Intelligence at the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF), leads the Rwandan delegation, while Burundi 's chief of military intelligence, Col Everest Musaba, heads the Burundian delegation.
This is the first known high-level physical meeting to have officials from both sides convened in a while to discuss strained relations.
This is the first known high-level physical meeting to have officials from both sides convened in a while to discuss strained relationships.
The meeting 's opening session was open to the media before a closed-door meeting was held among the chiefs.
Representatives from the two countries said little except to express gratitude to the meeting's organisers.
Col Leon Mahoungou, the Commander of the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism, a regional military framework under the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) facilitated the meeting.
Mahoungou reminded both sides that the ICGLR 's aim is to solve the problems of peace and security within the Great Lakes region, among other things.
Yet members in the region , particularly Rwanda and Burundi, have been mired in more than five years of regional security challenges, which have affected Nemba One-Stop Border Post cross-border activities.
"In fact, the rise of incidents at the common border has caused regrettable loss of life and material for some time now," the Commander told delegates at the meeting 's opening.
"This situation could not leave the EJVM indifferent in their missions of facilitating and restoring mutual confidence in the region; which justifies the organization of this meeting,” he added.
The objective of this meeting is trying to determine the causes of the cross-border incidents and explore possible solutions that could end the hardship.
“I dare to believe that with your good will, the objective will be achieved and this will contribute to the gradual normalization of relations between your two countries,” he noted.