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Heavy Gunfire As Congo Army Attacks M23 Bases

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“We were attacked from the North – not very far from Kiwanja,” said Abandi.

Abandi noted the attacks would have a negative impact on the peace negotiations between DRC and the rebel Movement currently taking place in Kampala.

The onslaught comes hardly a month after regional leaders in the Great Lakes region convened in Kampala where DRC agreed to halt military operations against the rebels to pave way for a political solution to the conflict.

“From what is happening, it is becoming increasingly clear that DRC is not interested in a peaceful solution to this conflict,” said Abandi, who represents a group that mutinied in 2012.

Asked how M23 would respond to the offensive, Abandi noted: “Our actions cannot be determined by DRC. They want us to follow their path of war. Apart from defending our positions, we shall continue supporting the peace process.”

The fighting comes just hours after President Joseph Kabila pledged before the UN General Assembly his country’s “full support” to the recently agreed regional accord, formally known as the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region.

On his own vast country, where violence still continues in the east despite the efforts of UN peacekeepers to bring stability over the past 13 years, Mr. Kabila noted the irony that part of the problem stemmed from the DRC’s willingness to accept refugees in the wake of the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

The leader of the M23 movement, Bertrand Bisiimwa said for the better part of Wednesday night, FARDC, FDLR and Mai-Mai attacked “our military’s positions on Mabenga-Kiwanja and Ishasha-Kiseguru axes.”


Observers say the clashes are likely to plunge the country into chaos.

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