Why did Uganda waive its counterclaim against the DRC?

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Since 1999, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been pursuing a case in the International Court of Justice against Uganda for "acts of armed aggression committed ... in flagrant breach of the United Nations Charter and of the Charter of the Organization of African Unity". The DRC also sought reparations for "acts of intentional destruction and looting and the restitution of national property and resources".

In response, Uganda brought three counter-claims against the DRC relating to the conduct of its armed forces, two of which were found to be admissible. The Court found in 2005 that there was evidence to support one of these counter-claims, regarding attacks on Ugandan diplomatic premises and personnel in Kinshasa.

In the case document, it states that

In relation to the counter-claims presented by Uganda, the Court found that the DRC had
violated certain obligations incumbent on it and that it was under an obligation to make reparation to
Uganda for the injury caused.

However, it goes on to say

Finally, the Court observes that, at the end of the hearings, the Agent of Uganda informed it
that his Government “officially waive[d] its counter-claim for reparation for the injury caused by the
conduct of the DRC’s armed forces, including attacks on the Ugandan diplomatic premises in
Kinshasa and the maltreatment of Ugandan diplomats”.

Why did Uganda do this?

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