One word stops DRC signing for peace

DR Congo refuses to sign M23 'accord' in Kampala
M23 rebel negotiators coming to talks
M23 rebel negotiators coming to talks (VOA News)

The Democratic Republic of Congo has refused to sign a deal with the rebels it defeated last week, the country’s information minister has said.

Lambert Mende said the title of the Ugandan-mediated document was the problem, not its contents.

It should be called a declaration not an accord as that gave too much credibility to the rebels, he said.

Last week, the M23 rebel group ended its 18-month insurgency in eastern DR Congo and surrendered. The two sides had been due to sign the document in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. He said the Ugandan mediators had refused to accede to DR Congo’s request that the document be titled “a declaration”. Mr Mende said there were 11 points in the document on which both sides agreed.

“We didn’t go to Kampala to negotiate, we went to hear the grievances of our compatriots of M23,” he said.

Map showing the location of different rebel groups in eastern states of Democratic Republic of Congo
Map showing the location of different rebel groups in eastern states of Democratic Republic of Congo

 

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