Mission resumes to rid DRC of rebel groups
From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – A high-level delegation has been dispatched to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a bid to neutralize active rebel groups posing instability in the central African country and the region.
The delegation consists of the guarantors of a peace framework for the Great Lakes region of Africa, namely the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The five-day field visit that started on Monday will take the delegation to Goma and Beni where such rebel groups as Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) are wrecking havoc.
The armed groups have caused severe suffering in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the decades.
The visit is a follow-up to earlier consultations in Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC in an attempt to intensify efforts to neutralize armed groups in eastern DRC and expedite the repatriation of the ex-M23 combatants from these countries to the DRC.
Members of the delegation include Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Said Djinnit and the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for the Great Lakes Region and Head of the Liaison Office in Bujumbura, Ibrahima Fall.
Executive Secretary of the ICGLR, Ntumba Luaba is also part of the delegation.
– CAJ News
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