DR Congo and Rwanda agree to reduce tensions over M23 rebels | Armed Groups News

DRC says it has agreed ‘de-escalation course of’ with Rwanda following weeks of rising tensions over insurgent combating.

Rwanda and Democratic Republic of the Congo have agreed to a “de-escalation course of” following one-day talks between their presidents, mediated by Angola, amid rising tensions over the actions of the M23 insurgent group, the Congolese presidency stated.

The 2 international locations will revive a Congo-Rwanda fee which can resume actions on July 12 within the Angolan capital, Luanda, the Congolese presidency stated in a press release posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

It additionally referred to as for a return to regular diplomatic relations between Kinshasa and Kigali, a cessation of hostilities and the “fast and unconditional withdrawal” of the M23 insurgent group from its positions in japanese DRC.

Angolan President Joao Lourenco was appointed by the African Union to mediate talks.

“I’m happy to announce that we’ve had constructive outcomes, in our view, in that we’ve agreed on a ceasefire, amongst different measures,” Lourenco stated in remarks on the finish of mini-tripartite summit attended by the DRC’s’s Felix Tshisekedi and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame within the Angolan capital Luanda.

There was no fast phrase on the talks from Rwanda.

Rwanda and the DRC had traded indignant statements stemming from allegations that Rwanda backs the M23, which is made up of principally Tutsi fighters from the DRC. The M23 final month seized an essential border submit of their most sustained offensive since capturing swathes of territory in 2012-2013.

Rwanda in flip accuses the DRC of supporting a bunch of rebels with members who allegedly took half in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Each international locations deny the allegations.

The DRC has accepted a proposal for an East African regional power to be deployed in its east to assist management the violence, however provided that Rwanda doesn’t participate.

The combating has compelled tens of hundreds to flee their houses in an space that has had little respite from battle since Rwanda and neighbouring Uganda invaded in 1996, citing threats from native militia teams.

About 170,000 folks have been displaced within the weeks since M23 resurfaced in japanese DRC. Wednesday’s summit referred to as for the return of all refugees to their international locations of origin, in keeping with the assertion from the Congolese presidency.

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