Rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo and government officials have opened talks in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, with both sides vowing to end a crisis that has led to widespread atrocities. M23 rebels are expected to present the DRC officials with a list of demands, including a call for major political reform. Meanwhile, the 15-nation member Southern African Development Community (SADC) ended an emergency summit on the eastern DRC with an agreement to lead the force, with troops. SADC summit-host and Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said that some 4,000 SADC troops would be ready to deploy to the region by 14 December. RFI asked expert Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja whether the decisions at the meetings would prompt changes in the eastern DRC.