Museveni, Kabila, Kagame Order M23 To “Immediately Vacate” Goma


help geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%; text-align: justify;”>At a joint press conference held at Commonwealth Resort, prescription Munyonyo in Kampala on Wednesday, the Heads of State agreed the military option would not solve the crisis in Eastern Congo.

Kabila, who is facing a deadly rebellion in the East, said he was ready to hold “direct talks” with the rebels to solve what Presidents termed as their “legitimate grievances.”

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“The talks will be based on the 2009 agreements,” said Kabila.

The CNDP (now M23) were integrated into the Congolese forces in 2009 following an earlier rebellion.

However, they broke ranks early this year, citing abuse of most terms of the agreement.

They cited discrimination, harassment, low salaries and massacre of 50 of their colleagues by DRC forces during deployment outside Kivu.

This is the first time that Kabila is openly accepting to sit on a round table with the rebels to iron out their grievances.

It’s understood that Kabila agreed to abandon the path of war after the rebels exhibited unprecedented preparedness and determination to topple his government.

M23 combatants seized a string of towns in less than four days before capturing Goma after heavy clashes with DRC troops.

Reports coming in indicate that Sake has also fallen to the rebels who intend to add on Bukavu.

President Museveni has been mediating talks between Kagame and Kabila for the past 24 hours in Kampala.

Museveni said M23 must immediately withdraw from Goma and respect a ceasefire despite the “legitimacy” of their demands.

Presidents agreed that a ceasefire will allow ICGLR Mechanism to intervene in finding a durable solution through a political and diplomatic process.

Museveni excited journalists when asked whether he thought M23 would easily handover the towns they have already captured and return to Bunagana.

“We shall tell them to go back, I assure you they will go back,” said Museveni.

He also scoffed at M23 threats of marching to Kinshasha, saying such a move was “totally unacceptable and these people will have to go back to where they came from.”

“We cannot expansion of this war,” said Museveni.

Heads of state further called on the international community to mobilize resources and provide diplomatic support to the ICGLR Regional Initiative on DRC.

President Kabila committed himself to ensuring the “legitimate demands” of M23 are addressed to enable a peaceful solution to the conflict.


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