Foreign forces frustrate fragile DRC

DRC Foreign forcesFrom JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) – FOREIGN armed groups and increasing activities of rival militia east of Democratic Republic of Congo is adding to the volatility despite a new peace agreement.
The Allied Democratic Forces and the Forces Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda as well as armed militia gangs are some of the outlawed forces wreaking havoc in the region.
Dozens of civilians have been killed.
Such violence is being driven in part by the escalation of deep-rooted and long-standing conflicts between ethnic communities.
The spillover effects of instability in neighbouring countries, notably South Sudan and Burundi, was worsening the prospects.
Around 70 000 South Sudanese refugees have entered the DRC over the past six months, resulting in significant humanitarian challenges.
Continued reports of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army/Movement in Opposition (SPLA/M-IO)’s movement, including into refugee camps in the DRC are another cause for major concern.
Efforts are underway to relocate refugees further from the border.
Hervé Ladsous, United Nations envoy for peacekeeping operations, said it was unacceptable the territory had once again become a haven for armed groups from neighbouring countries.
He said UN and local forces continued efforts to counter the destabilising activities of armed groups but much remained to be done.
“Many of the issues facing the east of the country could only be resolved through meaningful political engagement.”
DRC’s warring forces reached a peace deal at the end of 2016 to resolve a crisis emanating from President Joseph Kabila clinging to power at the expiry of his second term.

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