The European Union, EU, has called on the M23 rebels and all other armed groups operating in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to lay down their arms and withdraw from all zones they are currently occupying.
Josep Borrell, the EU Representative to DR Congo, said the Union has continued to follow the situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where attacks by the M23 rebel movement and trans-border incidents have increased in recent weeks.
“The M23 and the other armed national and foreign rebel groups, including the Cooperative for the Development of Congo (CODECO), the Front Democratique pour la Liberation de Rwanda (FDLR), and Red Tabara, must lay down their arms, denounce violence and withdraw from the zones they are occupying,” Borrell said in a statement earlier this week.
While supporting the DR Congo armed forces, FARDC, and the UN Blue Helmets, the EU Representative also called for the involvement of countries of the sub-region in resolving the conflict.
“The EU indicates its support to the engagement of the FARDC and the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission to DR Congo (MONUSCO) in the fight against these groups,” he said.
“The EU calls on all the countries of the region to play a permanent positive role in the return to stability in the area. Regional cooperation is more necessary as long as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) threat is not weakening.”
Angola announced Wednesday, July 6, 2022, that it would mediate between DR Congo and Rwanda over the tension between the two countries.
DR Congo has accused Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebel movement, which Rwanda has always denied.
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