Rwanda Deploys Tanks At DRC Border As M7 Calls Crisis Meet


order geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) said in a statement on Saturday night the “extraordinary summit on the security situation in Eastern DRC” will be held at Commonwealth Resort, Munyonyo.

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The ICGLR is composed of Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and DRC’s Joseph Kabila are expected to attend the meeting.

RDF commandos are being deployed along the border with DRC

Impeccable sources said the Summit was called by President Yoweri Museveni after it became clear that Rwanda had finalized preparations to respond to attacks by the DRC army.

For the better part of this week, the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) has been deploying armoured tanks and piling heavily-armed soldiers along its border with DRC in preparation for combat.

This followed Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Government Spokesperson, Louise Mushikiwabo’s strong-worded statement, warning that “the persistent shelling of Rwandan territory is unacceptable, as it would be to any sovereign nation.”

“Rwandan civilians are being targeted by DRC forces. We have remained restrained for as long as we can but this provocation can no longer be tolerated. We have the capacity to determine who fired at us and will not hesitate to defend our territory. Rwanda has a responsibility to protect its population,” warned Mushikiwabo.

Rwanda soldiers in drills

A woman was killed and her baby injured in Rubavu during this week’s cross-border shelling by the DRC forces, raising political temperatures in the region.

DRC denies bombing Rwanda.

President Museveni has reportedly been in touch with Kagame and Kabila, urging them not to go to war.

Following the clashes between M23 and the allied forces of Tanzania, South Africa and DRC, Museveni reportedly asked rebels to pull out from the frontline to pave way for a political solution to the crisis.

The rebel Movement leader, Bertrand Bisiimwa quickly pulled out the militants from the battlefield.

Rwandan paratrooper

Museveni is said to have as well asked Kabila to restrain his army from attacking Rwanda and rebels.

However, on Friday night, FARDC continued bombing M23 positions.

The ICGLR on Friday said it was gravely concerned by the escalating violence and resumption of hostility in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between the government troops and M23.

RDF commandos breaking bricks with their fists

“The ICGLR wishes to reiterate that the Summit of ICGLR Heads of States and Government of 24th November, 2012 and that of July, 2013 mandated and reaffirmed the support to the political/diplomatic dialogue in Kampala, process aiming at allowing the DRC Government to listen, evaluate and resolve the legitimate grievances of M23 and M23 to stop expanding the war forthwith the process, the statement read in part.

“The ICGLR calls for the DRC Government and M23 to go back and conclude the dialogue process to allow for sustainable solution to the crisis. The ICGLR also calls for international Community and International Agencies to provide assistance to the victim of the conflict.”

RDF military in intense drills

The ICGLR said it looked forward for cessation of hostility and solution that should preserve the national integrity of DRC and allow the region to enjoy peace and stability.


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