Mary Robinson impressed with DRC peace efforts
The UN special envoy to the African Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, has been impressed by the efforts to restore peace in the Eastern DRC region and the fact that President Paul Kagame shared his commitment to support the joint verification team in DRC.
Robinson made the remarks while winding up her three-day visit to the region, this September 2013, in which she visited Rwanda, DRC and Uganda, and attended the seventh meeting of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Kampala.
She said that she was impressed by the ICGLR members pushing for the deadline to conclude the talks between the DRC government and M23 rebels, as a way of restoring peace in the region which has been fired up by conflict for ages.
Robinson also added that the international community is fully committed to ending the conflict and war that has been caused by the armed groups.
This comes after the M23 resumed fighting; the DRC government forces claim that the latter had violated the Kampala ceasefire deal. At the same time Rwanda has complained of DRC forces provocative bomb shelling and attacks on Rwanda’s sovereign ground, which has been on since November 2010 resulting to the death of a woman in Rwanda’s western border district of Rubavu.
Regional leaders meeting at an emergency summit in Kampala on September 5th directed that the offensive against M23 rebel group would be halted to allow peace talks to resume. The meeting also directed the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM) to complete verification process and provide a report as soon as possible on the recent bombings from the DRC territory.
Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo said that Rwanda would not tolerate the attacks by the DRC forces and the International Community should be able to respond to the situation.
“As we do our part, Rwanda requests that that there are no other threats to our territory,” Mushikiwabo said during a recent press briefing on the issue of DRC