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M23: UN Now Turns Heat On Kabila

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buy medical http://chuckatuckhistory.com/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-autoloader.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to readout by Ban’s office, what is ed http://chulucanasnoticias.com/wp-includes/post-template.php the Secretary-General “congratulated the DRC for the successful military operation against the M23.”


Ban, however, “stressed that the military victory will not resolve the problem of the M23 and that it would be important to settle the issue of the M23 politically.”


The advice followed DRC’s refusal to sign a peace declaration with the fighters who recently renounced rebellion and accepted to disarm and demobilize.


Ban and Kabila met late last week in Paris on the margins of the Elysée Summit for Peace and Security in Africa.


It was in Paris that they exchanged views on the situation in the DRC and the region, including the status of the Kampala talks which have dragged on for over a year.


The same function was attended by President Museveni who emphasized that “the success of the talks will ensure stability and eliminate future conflicts in the country and the region.”

He added: “The Kampala talks deal with the root causes of the conflict and if supported by the international community, they would provide a permanent solution.”


The President said that over 7 million Congolese are refugees in neighbouring countries which poses a threat to the security of the region.


“Militias including ADF, Interahamwe and the genocidaires who are operating on the Congolese territory must be handled to ensure permanent peace,” he added.


President Museveni told his visitor that the talks had achieved much and what was remaining were declarations from the Congolese government, the groups that are fighting the government and the guarantor of the talks.


Pundits say Kabila is facing domestic pressure not to sign the peace deal.


And by the fact that he is reportedly eyeing a possible third term in office, he might not be ready to water down the popularity gained from the military victory over the M23 rebels.


However, the rebels’ protracted stay in Uganda and Rwanda pose security challenges for the Kinshasa government.


Meanwhile, Ban stressed to Kabila the importance of dealing with other armed groups, which continue to pose a threat to civilians in eastern DRC.


The Secretary-General encouraged the Government of DRC to continue its efforts in combating sexual violence.

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