DR Congo, Rwanda Want Quick Deployment Of Regional Force

Representatives of the two countries have been meeting in the Angolan capital Luanda since Wednesday, July 20, 2022, under the auspices of the great DR Congo-Rwanda mixed commission.

The Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda on Thursday, July 21, 2022, for the quick deployment of the regional force, agreed upon at the “Nairobi Process”, intended to lead to the cessation of hostilities by the M23 rebel movement and its immediate withdrawal from eastern DR Congo.

The two parties, which have been meeting in the Angolan capital Luanda since Wednesday, July 20, 2022, under the auspices of the great DR Congo-Rwanda mixed commission, called on President Joao Lourenco of Angola, the mediator at the meeting, to get involved in the deployment of the force within the shortest possible time.

The same recommendation was also taken on eradicating the FDLR-FOC (Forces Democratiques de Liberation du Rwanda-Forces Combattantes Abacunguzi) and its dissident armed groups.

On the operationalisation of the ad-hoc mechanism for the verification of accusations within the context of re-establishing confidence, which will be placed under the direction of a general of the Angolan army, the two sides called on the Angolan leader to rapidly appoint the general officer assisted by a team of Angolan observers and liaison officers designated by each of the two sides.

The two sides promised to provide security, transport and access to the zones concerned and other facilities to members of the ad-hoc mechanism in accomplishing their mission.

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda does not agree with these recommendations but suggests a political solution between the DR Congo government and the M23.

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