Rwanda responds to French accusation of supporting M23

Tensions between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have escalated with counter-accusations of supporting armed insurgent teams.

On Wednesday, Rwanda issued an announcement once more dismissing accusations that it helps UN-sanctioned M23 rebels in jap Democratic Republic of Congo.

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“Accusing Rwanda of supporting 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,” the assertion stated.

It added that blaming Rwanda undermines ongoing efforts by regional leaders to search out lasting peace, notably by way of the Nairobi and Luanda initiatives, to which Rwanda is absolutely dedicated.

“It is a mistake to conflate the measures Rwanda has taken to guard its borders with support for any particular armed group in the DRC.”

Contemplating sanctions

However the ongoing disaster in jap DRC is complicating Rwanda’s relationship with its Western allies, whereas the UN is claimed to be contemplating sanctions in opposition to Rwanda over its alleged assist for the M23 rebels.

On Tuesday, it was France that launched Decision 2667, which was unanimously voted in favor, adjusting the arms embargo in opposition to the DRC, eradicating the necessity for the FARDC (DRC forces) to first search authorization from the UN Safety Council Sanctions Committee. Nonetheless, Decision 2667 maintained the embargo in opposition to non-state actors together with armed teams.

France introduced the decision only a day after condemning Rwanda’s assist for the M23 rebels.

Scapegoat

Regardless of mounting worldwide strain, Rwanda says it’s being scapegoated, and its safety issues have been ignored.

It has lengthy expressed concern that the West just isn’t being attentive to the FDLR rebels within the jap Democratic Republic of Congo, which has waged warfare on Rwanda and contains amongst its ranks people who took half within the 1994 genocide in opposition to the Tutsi.

“There has been no accountability for the failure of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to deal with the over 130 armed groups on its territory, the serious abuses against civilians committed by the Congolese armed forces and its armed auxiliaries, including the genocidal militia FDLR, which has preserved for decades in the DRC.”

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