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Rwanda denounces the silence of the UN on the alleged complicity between the DRC and Rwandan rebels

Displaced in Goma by the conflict in North Kivu – ZANEM NETY ZAIDI / XINHUA NEWS / CONTACT PHOTO

The Rwandan ambassador to the United Nations, Claver Gatete, has denounced the silence of the UN Security Council on the crisis in the Congolese province of North Kivu and, in particular, on his country’s denunciations of a possible alliance of the Congolese Army with the militias of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).

“When is the international community going to address the persistence of the FDLR and its alliance with the Army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo? It is a terrorist and sanctioned group, made up of remnants of the force that committed genocide against the Tutsis in 1994 “, Gatete lamented in statements collected by the ‘New Times’, referring to the fearsome interahamwe militias.

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These accusations take place in the midst of a precarious ceasefire in North Kivu, in eastern DRC, devastated for weeks by fighting between the Congolese Army and the March 23 Movement (M23) rebel group, accused by the Congolese government of complicity with the Rwandan government. Rwanda categorically denies that this is the case.

“When will we address the violations of Rwanda’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by the DRC, which occurred on several occasions, as verified by the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism?” lamented the ambassador.

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This mechanism includes military experts from the member states of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and monitors and investigates security incidents in the area.

These incidents include, for example, the one that occurred last month when a Congolese soldier who crossed the border between the two countries opened fire on a watchtower before being shot dead by Rwandan forces.


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