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The operation started on Tuesday night in Goma.
M23 publicist Rene Abandi told this website on Wednesday morning that “those who look physically like Tutsi are being rounded up and detained in Kinshasha.”
He added: “Even other civilians of other origins are being abducted from their homes. We don’t know the number because even as we speak they are taking more.”
Rene described DRC government’s actions as “belligerent” and “provocative.”
“But we remain committed to finding a political solution to our problems. That’s why we are here in Kampala for peace talks,” said Rene.
Chimpreports understands many civilians have been forced to flee to Gisenyi for their safety.
In November 2012, M23 routed armed government forces that were supported by MONUSCO peacekeepers to capture Goma.
They later withdrew due to the intervention of regional leaders under their umbrella organization, ICGLR, in exchange for negotiations with Kinshasha in Kampala.
Since then, the peace talks have stalled with Kinshasa refusing to sign a cease-fire.
M23 opted to declare a unilateral ceasefire on February 8, 2013.
This move was seen by some as a sign of weakness, while others saw it as a commitment to the peace process in Kampala.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon briefly visited the DRC in May and asked the Congolese Government to return to the negotiating table and address the root causes of the crisis.
Ban also asked DRC to find solutions by addressing issues such as the fight against corruption, promotion of good governance, respect for human rights, equal justice for all, the protection of women against sexual violations, access to health care for all, access to water and electricity, education, employment and the creation of new opportunities.
However, DRC government spokesman, Mr. Lambert Mende responded: “We will not sign any cease-fire, they are desperate and weak and it is high time they disappear.”
Members of the M23 want the implementation of the agreement of 23 March 2009, which was supposed to have seen their integration into the national army and the return of thousands of Congolese refugees still living in camps in Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.