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Ban Ki-moon: Rwanda to establish ties with Congo    
Rwanda intends to establish full diplomatic relations with Congo following a joint military operation that saw the neighbours and former enemies collaborate in hunting down an extremist militia, the UN chief said.?

Rwandan President Paul Kagame confirmed the plan during an hour-long meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the president's offices.?

"I am heartened by his intention to establish full diplomatic relations," Ban told reporters on Sunday, as he sat beside Kagame. Ban said he told Kagame during their private talk about ?my satisfaction at the steps he has taken to open a new chapter'' in the two nations' relations.?

Rwanda previously invaded Congo in 1996 and 1998, and left only after a 2002 peace agreement ended a war that drew in more than half a dozen African armies.?

In January, Congo allowed the Rwandans to enter the Congo to hunt down the remnants of the extremist Rwandan Hutu militia accused of orchestrating the slaughter of more than 500,000 people, mostly ethnic Tutsis, during Rwanda's 1994 genocide. The Rwandan troops began pulling out of Congo on Wednesday.?

Kagame said the joint military operation had developed into ``an open kind of framework which allows the two countries to work together.'' He said the military operation ``did the best we could within that limited time'' but acknowledged there were still Rwandan Hutu militiamen inside Congo.?

Ban said the operation ?appears to have made progress'' but cautioned Kagame to take steps ?to ensure that these operations do not affect negatively the civilian population and humanitarian access to those in need.''?
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