Rwanda’s Kagame: ‘No problem’ with exclusion from regional force | Conflict News

Kinshasa accuses Kigali of supporting the M23 rebels and won’t settle for Rwanda’s participation within the regional drive.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame stated he didn’t thoughts his nation being excluded from a regional army drive battling rebels within the Democratic Republic of Congo, eradicating a possible stumbling block to the initiative.

The seven international locations of the East African Group (EAC) agreed in April to arrange a joint drive to attempt to finish many years of bloodshed in jap components of Congo. Congo welcomed the plan, however stated it could not settle for the involvement of Rwanda, which it accuses of backing rebels – an accusation that Rwanda denies.

“I’ve no drawback with that. We aren’t begging anybody that we take part within the drive,” Kagame instructed Rwanda’s state broadcaster on Monday.

“If anyone’s coming from anyplace, excluding Rwanda, however will present the answer that we’re all searching for, why would I’ve an issue?” Kagame requested within the wide-ranging interview.

Congo has accused Rwanda of supporting the M23 insurgent group, which has been waging its most sustained offensive in Congo’s jap borderlands since capturing huge swathes of territory in 2012-2013.

Rwanda denies supporting the rebels and in flip accuses Congo’s military of firing into Rwandan territory and of preventing alongside the Forces Democratiques de Liberation du Rwanda (FDLR), an armed group run by ethnic Hutus who fled Rwanda after collaborating within the 1994 genocide.

The EAC has referred to as on native armed teams to affix a political course of to resolve their grievances or “be dealt with militarily”, the workplace of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who’s the chairman of the EAC, stated in April.

Current makes an attempt to cease the violence militarily have confirmed unsuccessful, and in some circumstances backfired, safety analysts and human rights teams say.

Regardless of billions of {dollars} spent on one of many United Nations’ largest peacekeeping forces, greater than 120 insurgent teams proceed to function throughout giant swathes of east Congo nearly twenty years after the official finish of the central African nation’s civil wars.

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