European Union Condemns Attacks By M23 Rebels In DR Congo

The EU organ condemned the M23 rebel group and called for their immediate surrender. Meanwhile, tensions continue to rise between the DR Congo gov’t and Rawanda over alleged support for the rebel group by Rwandan soldiers.

The Service for External Action, an institutional organ of the European Union (EU) placed under the authority of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has condemned recent attacks attributed to M23 combatants in Rutshuru territory of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The EU in a statement on Tuesday said “the attacks by M23 against the DR Congo armed forces, FARDC in Rutshuru territory further aggravate a humanitarian and security situation which is extremely preoccupying.”

“The crash of a United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission (MONUSCO) helicopter adds to a series of recent incidents which have caused several civilian and military deaths.”

It called for the immediate and unconditional surrender of the M23 and all the armed groups in the DR Congo.

“The EU encourages referral to the different management mechanisms of regional and international competence. It demands all countries of the region to cooperate for the reestablishment of peace in this zone. It invites the Congolese authorities and the national and international security forces to reinforce the protection of the civilian populations,”the EU statement said.

Tension between the DR Congo government and Rwanda government has been on the rise within the past two days while Vincent Karega, the Rwandan Ambassador to Congo, was summoned by the Congolese government to explain his country’s support for M23.

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