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UN Envoy Returns For M23 Peace Deal


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The talks crumbled after the DRC government refused to sign a peace accord, saying it would only append a signature only on a declaration in which the M23 agreed to disarm, demobilize and renounce rebellion.

However, the facilitator of the talks, Dr Crispus Kiyonga, expressed hope Monday that an agreement would be reached in the not-too-distant future.

Robinson will also seek to foster progress in implementing the broader commitments of the 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, which she has called “a framework of hope”.

“Developments over the past month have brought renewed hope to people in the eastern DRC,” Mrs. Robinson said.

“Further efforts are needed to ensure that the country is rid of all negative forces and security is re-established sustainably. Progress on the larger political agenda is now urgently needed, as well.

“We must work to restore trust and take the steps that are needed to resolve the underlying causes of conflict and instability to the region.”

The eastern DRC has been wreaked by fighting between the Government and various armed groups for many years, the latest being the M23, composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army (FARDC) in April.

In the past year, the fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.

Mrs. Robinson began her tour in Tanzania, a framework signatory, meeting Monday with President Jakaya Kikwete and other officials in Dar es Salaam on the need to enhance cooperation and sustained political dialogue among PSC signatories.

On Tuesday she was expected to visit Rwanda for talks with top officials on concluding the Kampala Dialogue and implementing the Framework, and then fly on to the Republic of Congo.

On 27-29 November, Robinson will visit the DRC, including Kinshasa, the capital, and Goma, the main city in the vast country’s east.

On 30 November, she will attend the East African Community (EAC) Summit of Heads of States in Kampala, where she intends to mobilise international support for regional organizations as part of the broader PSC Framework agenda for enhanced regional integration.


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