Rebels refuse returning home to Rwanda
From JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – A delegation of peace guarantors has urged the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) members who have refused to return to Rwanda to cooperate fully in the repatriation process from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The guarantors assured the former rebels of their safety back in the East African country.
The former combatants voluntarily disarmed in 2004 but have remained in the restive DRC for fear of prosecution back home.
More than 200 ex-FDLR members and their dependents have disarmed and are currently in Walungu camp, South Kivu. More than 800 are in another camp in Kisangani.
“We assure all FDLR of the international community’s commitment to support their safe and dignified repatriation process back to Rwanda”, the guarantors stressed.
The guarantors consisted representatives of the Guarantors of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework comprising of the United Nations, African Union, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and the
Southern African Development Community.
Recently, representatives of the Guarantors visited the Munigi Disarmament, Demobilization, Repatriation, Reinsertion and Resettlement camp outside Goma where they met demobilized FDLR ex- combatants awaiting repatriation to Rwanda.
They used the occasion to commend the ex-combatants for their decision and urged them to sensitize their peers still in the bush to accept to repatriate to Rwanda.
Since 2000, FDLR’s acts of terrorism have killed hundreds of civilians in eastern DRC.
– CAJ News
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