DRC Government Finally Signs Peace Accord With M23 Rebels

December 13, 2013 4:05 am1 comment by:

Nairobi-The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has finally signed a peace deal with former M23 rebels.

A statement issued by the Government of Uganda indicates that the two sides yesterday signed the agreement at State House, Nairobi.

M23 leader, Bisiima Bertrand, penned his signature to the declaration of commitments on behalf of the Movement of March 23 (M23) followed by Congolese Minister for foreign affairs, Tshibanda Raymond, to a declaration of commitments on behalf of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The two declarations taken together articulate the 11 points that were negotiated and agreed upon by the parties including a decision by M23 to end rebellion and transform itself into a legitimate party, amnesty to members of M23 only for acts of war and insurgency, transitional Security arrangements leading to disarmament, release of M23 members under detention by the DRC Government for acts of war and rebellion, demobilisation of the former M23 combatants.

Other issues in the agreement are the return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes and formation of a commission to handle confiscated, extorted, stolen, looted and destroyed properties, including land.

The signing of the agreement was witnessed by President Museveni, Chairman of ICGLR, and President Joyce Banda, Chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on behalf of their respective sub-regions.

The two Presidents called upon the international partners, particularly the United Nations and the African Union to work together and provide support and resources to the Government of the DRC for the implementation of commitments made at the Kampala dialogue and its follow-up process, as appropriate.

This marks the conclusion of the Kampala Dialogue that had earlier aborted when the Congolese Government delegation walked out of the signing ceremony in Uganda.

The M23 rebels who have close links with some of the leaders in the Rwandan Government have waged a bloody war in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo displacing thousands of people.

The Congolese Government with the help of the Tanzanian and South African troops recently defeated the M23 rebels.

The group was forced to cross into Uganda where they have been disarmed.

 

President Museveni and Joyce Banda append their signatures to the M23, DRC peace deal

President Museveni and Joyce Banda append their signatures to the M23, DRC peace deal

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