Rwanda on Wednesday accused the federal government of the Democratic Republic of Congo of “fabricating” a bloodbath, which a UN probe mentioned was carried out by M23 rebels, and left 131 civilians lifeless.
Kinshasa accuses its smaller neighbor Rwanda of supporting M23, a declare denied by Rwanda, however supported by the US, France, Belgium and UN specialists.
Militias have seized territory within the Democratic Republic of Congo’s unstable and mineral-rich east in current months, elevating tensions with Rwanda.
Talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in Angola paved the way in which for a ceasefire settlement final month, however Kinshasa subsequently accused M23 of massacring civilians within the village of Kishishe, with a UN investigation saying 131 individuals had been killed.
“The sensational ‘Kishishe massacre’, a fabrication by the DRC government which it attributed to M23, has spread rapidly without any investigation into the facts by any credible entity,” the Rwandan authorities mentioned on Wednesday.
“The incident was in fact an armed confrontation between M23 and illegal armed groups allied with” the Congolese armed forces, it mentioned.
“Accusing Rwanda of support for the Congolese armed group M23 is wrong and distracts from the real cause of the ongoing conflict in eastern DRC, and its impact on the security of neighboring states, including Rwanda,” it added.
M23 has denied being behind the bloodbath, blaming “shining bullets” for the deaths of simply eight civilians.
Kigali has repeatedly accused Kinshasa of collaborating with the FDLR – a former Rwandan Hutu insurgent group established within the Democratic Republic of Congo after the 1994 genocide of primarily Tutsis in Rwanda.
A Tutsi-led insurgent group, M23 first gained prominence when it captured the japanese Congolese metropolis of Goma in 2012, earlier than being pushed out and going to floor.
But it surely resurfaced late final yr, claiming that the Democratic Republic of Congo had did not maintain a promise to combine its fighters into the military.