M23 agrees to withdraw, cede territory to EAC forces

The scary Congolese insurgent group M23 agreed on Friday to withdraw from its positions in Kibumba, 20 kilometers from Goma, in japanese Democratic Republic of Congo, exhibiting the primary indicators of thawing peace and respite for civilians.

The group, which for weeks had been requested to depart occupied territories by a regional chief’s name, mentioned it was making ready a withdrawal on Friday, ceding land to the East African Neighborhood Regional Drive (EACRF), which was deployed final month however was ready for M23’s name for a ceasefire.

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In an announcement, M23 mentioned it’s handing over this a part of the nation to the East African Regional Drive as a “gesture of goodwill, made in the name of peace, which is part of the recommendations of the mini-summit of heads of state held in Luanda, Angola on November 23, 2022.”

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Lawrence Kanyuka, the political spokesperson of the motion who signed the assertion, added: “We hope that the government of Kinshasa will seize the opportunity with both hands and also work to bring peace to our country.”

For M23, the choice to withdraw from Kibumba follows the conclusions of conferences held with the East African Regional Drive and the Advert Hoc Verification Mechanism in the identical location on December 12 this yr.

The choice comes hours after the discharge of a brand new report by UN consultants accusing the Rwandan military of conducting army operations in japanese DRC and supplying “weapons, ammunition and uniforms” to M23.

For the reason that mini-summit in Luanda, held on 23 November between the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Angola and regional leaders, it was determined that the M23 ought to withdraw from its positions; a truce was additionally agreed upon.

Kinshasa authorities, who had excluded M23 from the peace talks, demanded the rebels’ withdrawal earlier than inviting them to barter.

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