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UN Report: Uganda Supports M23 Rebels in Congo

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Jul 8, 2024

Regional Forces and Allegations

Lt. General Mubarakh Muganga exchanges a commemorative plaque with General Muhoozi Kainerugaba

A United Nations report released on Monday accuses the Ugandan army of supporting the M23 rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The report has sparked fears of escalating conflict in the region.

Uganda Denies Allegations

Uganda denies involvement, citing its cooperation with Congolese forces. Historically, the UN has accused Rwanda of backing the M23, a claim Rwanda denies. The M23 has been active in eastern Congo, a region plagued by conflict for decades.

Regional Forces and Allegations

In November 2022, Ugandan troops were part of a regional force monitoring a ceasefire with M23. However, the UN report states Uganda has not prevented M23 and Rwandan Defence Forces (RDF) troops from using its territory. It also claims evidence of Ugandan officials supporting M23.

Rwanda’s Role

The report alleges 3,000-4,000 Rwandan soldiers are fighting alongside M23. Rwanda, in turn, accuses Congo of collaborating with the Hutu rebel group, FDLR.

Statements from Rwanda

Rwanda's government spokesperson, Yolande Makolo, stated that the DRC could deescalate the situation but warned Rwanda would defend itself as needed.

The UN report highlights the complex dynamics and rising tensions in eastern Congo, emphasizing the need for diplomatic efforts to prevent further conflict.

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