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US Urges Rwanda to Halt Support for M23 Rebels and Withdraw Forces from DRC

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Serge Kabongo

Feb 5, 2024

M23 War / US sanctions

Rwandan President H.E Paul Kagame

The United States has recently urged Rwanda to halt its backing of the M23 rebel faction and to pull its troops out of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amid rising tensions. This appeal reflects the US's concerns over Rwanda's alleged support for the M23 rebels, which is seen as a destabilizing factor in the eastern DRC and a hindrance to peace efforts in the region.

We once again call on Rwanda to stop supporting the M23 and immediately withdraw the Rwandan Armed Forces from Congolese territory, given that their support for this armed group has only served to further destabilize eastern DRC. The United States has long emphasized that it is paramount that all states respect each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Any assertion to the contrary is false"

In a related move, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed the ongoing conflict with former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, underscoring the importance of the Nairobi process and regional support in resolving the crisis. Blinken highlighted the need for dialogue and cooperation among regional actors as essential steps toward achieving peace.

Adding to the international stance, Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi has maintained a firm position against negotiating with the M23, backed by Rwanda, emphasizing the sovereignty of the DRC. During a diplomatic event, Tshisekedi affirmed the commitment of the DRC's Armed Forces (FARDC) to eradicate the M23 threat.

This development is part of a broader international focus on the DRC conflict, with the United Nations also calling for concerted efforts to secure a peaceful resolution. The US's demand for Rwanda to withdraw support and forces from the DRC marks a critical point in the collective endeavor to stabilize the region. The global community watches closely for Rwanda's response, hoping for progress toward peace in the DRC. [actualite]

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