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M23 Ready For Fresh Peace Talks


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“The M23 Movement has agreed with the facilitator (Uganda Defence Minister Crispus Kiyonga) to resume the negotiations in Kampala,” said Bertrand Bisiimwa on Thursday.

“Therefore it (M23) confirms that its delegates will be in Kampala for this purpose this Sunday on June 09.”

The rebels recently accused DRC of sending troops to attack their positions in Kanyarucinya, Eastern Congo in May and reneging on its commitment to the Kampala peace talks.

M23 responded with fire, leading to clashes in Muningi.

Critics say DRC President Joseph Kabila probably hoped that by starting war the UN intervention Brigade stationed in Goma would be compelled to join in.

Diana Sempebwa Katabarwa, a member of the M23 publicity committee, accused Kabila of joining forces with Rwanda rebel group FDLR, to plunge the nation back into bloodshed.

The temporally fighting was a product of the collapse of peace talks between the two antagonistic camps in Kampala.

M23 expressed shock that while they requested Kabila for talks, “instead we are being bombed; M23 boys are outraged.”

The rebels later announced a ceasefire to allow the visit of UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to Goma.

In a statement today, Bisimwa said the decision to return to Kampala for talks is premised on the recommendation of Special UN Envoy for the Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, who called for a political solution and peaceful dialogue to solve the conflicts in Eastern Congo.

He further quoted Ban Ki-moon as saying, “I understood the M23 Movement motivations; this Movement does not deserve to be crushed by the UN brigade.”

Bisiimwa said Ban “wishes that durable peace results from the dialogue between M23 and the DRC government,” adding, “the Addis-Ababa framework agreement referred to the M23 claims and that the international community gave prevalence to a political solution to end the M23 tragedy.”

The M23 had captured Goma last year but pulled out due to international pressure and intervention of leaders in the Great Lakes region.

The DRC army faced a mutiny last year in April, with M23 accusing Kabila of gross human rights abuses, rigging the Presidential election and massive segregation and entrenched corruption in the army.

To lay down their tools, M23 asked Kabila to release all political prisoners affiliated to the rebel group; declare Kivu a disaster area and formally recognize the ranks of the military and police on the basis of M23 OB (Order of Battle) presented by the movement.


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