Diplomatic war brewing as DRC accuses Rwanda of supporting M23 rebel group
NAIROBI, Kenya - The Democratic Republic of Congo has accused the Rwandan government of supporting rebel groups seeking to destabilize DRC.
While addressing the UN General Assembly, President Felix Tshisekedi claimed his efforts to reunite the country and pursue peaceful settlements have been dragged by continual external interference, accusing Rwanda, in particular, of fomenting rebel movements.
“My goodwill for the search of peace and unity for my country has failed because some neighbours have found no better way to thank us than to aggress and support armed groups that are ravaging Eastern Congo. In defiance of international law, has once again not only interfered in the DRC since MARCH by direct incursions of its armed forces (Rwanda Defence Force RDF) but also occupies localities in North Kivu province (Eastern DRC) by an armed terrorist group, the M23, to which it provides massive support in terms of equipment and troops.”
This kind of accusation by DRC against Paul Kagame’s government has been rejected many times. This is likely to spark a response when Kigali’s representative addresses the UN later this week and also signals simmering differences between the two countries that had initially cut official communication.
Angolan president Joao Lourenço had brokered a deal between Kigali and Kinshasa in its capital Luanda, where both President, Rwandan President Kagame and President Tshisekedi agreed to reopen dialogue and have their differences solved diplomatically.
While addressing the UN audience president Tshisekedi revealed that he is always for the peace of DRC. Tshisekedi pointed out that “Since my election as head of state of the DRC, I have not stopped fighting every day for peace.
In order to definitively eradicate insecurity, restore lasting peace and ensure stability in the East of my country, several agreements have been signed with armed groups and even neighbouring countries. National and international mechanisms have been created.
All these prospects for a final settlement of the conflict lasted only a few months. Soon, the architecture cracked and the building collapsed; we always start with the same tragedies.”