Congo rebels set conditions for disbanding

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The leader of eastern Congo’s M23 rebel movement says the group will disband only if another rebel group that is composed of ethnic Rwandan Hutu fighters is disarmed and Congolese refugees return home from neighboring countries.

Bertrand Bisimwa, the M23 president, told The Associated Press Sunday that M23 fighters were not interested in joining the Congolese army.

He said M23 is prepared to disband if the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or FDLR, is disarmed. In the past Rwanda has justified military intervention in Congo to protect itself against the FDLR, some of whose core members took part in the 1994 genocide.

Bisimwa’s comments came ahead of upcoming peace talks in Uganda and after Congolese President Joseph Kabila said government troops would resume their offensive against M23 if the talks failed.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s