The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has joined the Congolese authorities and the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Head of MONUSCO in strongly condemning attacks by the rebels of the M23 Movement against the Congolese army and MONUSCO.
The attacks happened in Rutshuru in the province of North Kivu causing major population displacements and a humanitarian emergency.
Faki encouraged the Congolese authorities, in collaboration with MONUSCO forces, to strengthen the protection of regrouping sites for displaced persons and ensure the protection of civilians in eastern DRC.
He also called on the rebels of the M23 to definitively lay down their arms, to cease all hostility and to subscribe to the spirit of the Nairobi process for a resolution of the crises in the East of the DRC.
In April, East African Community Heads of State have directed all armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to participate unconditionally in the political process to resolve their grievances.
The proposed mechanism is aimed at facilitating the implementation of the country’s political and military and security enforcement tracks.
The proposal was delivered Thursday by five Heads of State namely; Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Everiste Ndayishimiye of Burundi and their DRC counterpart Felix Tshisekedi at ‘The Heads of State Conclave on the Democratic Republic of Congo’ convened in Nairobi, Kenya.
“That the establishment of the regional force to fight the negative forces should commence immediately under the leadership of the DRC.” They said.
In a statement, the leaders were categorical that all foreign armed groups in the DRC must disarm and return unconditionally and immediately to their respective countries of origin.
“Failure to do so these groups would be considered as negative forces and handled militarily by the region,” warned EAC presidents.
The leaders further resolved to meet within one month to evaluate progress on the implementation of work.