Kenya, Rwanda request M23 ceasefire, withdrawal from jap Congo

In right now’s present we go to Kenya, the place former President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rwandan President Paul Kagame have agreed on the necessity for M23 rebels to stop hearth and withdraw from captured territories in jap Congo. M23 rebels have mounted a number of offensives in jap Congo this 12 months, their first main comeback since 2012, resulting in clashes with the military which have displaced 1000’s of civilians since March.

M23 rebels have waged several offensives in east Congo this year, prompting army responses that have displaced thousands of civilians.

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The unrest ignited diplomatic tensions between Congo and neighbouring Rwanda, which Congo accuses of backing the group. Rwanda denies the accusation.

Regional efforts have been underway to ease tensions and restore security.

“Kenyatta, in discussion with President Kagame, agreed on the need for an immediate ceasefire,” the statement said.

(Reporting by George Obulutsa; Additional reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana; Writing by Sofia Christensen; Editing by James Macharia Chege)

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