Saturday, March 22, 2014

M23 Rebels Ready to Join DRC Government of National Unity

M23 ready to join DRC gov't of national unity- Runiga

TVC NEWS [DR CONGO]- Democratic Republic of Congo's ex-rebel movement, M23, wants to participate in a government of national unity to consolidate peace in the region. Its leader Pastor Jean-Marie Runiga said this on Thursday.

TVC NEWS recalls that the M23 rebel movement was militarily defeated last year by the DR Congo Armed Forces (FARDC) supported by the UN Mission for Stabilization of Congo (MONUSCO).

"The people who fought for peace should equally participate in the national unity government to consolidate peace," Runiga, who is living in exile in Rwanda, said in a statement.

A source disclosed to our correspondent that the president of the ex-rebel movement said M23 will be part of the national unity government in conformity with the commitments made by the government.

Runiga said the international community and the DR Congo government have not yet fixed a date for the repatriation of ex- combatants of M23, who are currently living in Uganda and Rwanda, our source said.

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