Rebels Drag Out UN Disarming Process In DRC

Written by Makula Dunbar

Written by Philipp Sandner | From Deutsche Welle

UN troops gave the rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo six months to disarm. During this timeframe rebels from Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) were expected to voluntarily lay down their weapons.

This was supposed to be a first step towards their reintegration into society. Three months have elapsed in the meantime and the results have not been encouraging. So far just two hundred rebels and their dependents have registered at the transit camp in Kanyabayonga intended to receive them.

This was reason enough for international peacekeepers to repeat their call to the rebels to disarm. “The UN reiterates it call to the rebels to hand in their weapons and agree to be taken to a place outside the Kivu provinces,” General Abdallah Wafy, the UN Secretary General’s Deputy Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of Congo said.
He added there were no further conditions attached, but said that additional steps could be taken against the leadership of the FDLR.

A long, drawn-out conflict

Omar Kavota represents civil society organizations in Nord Kivu and is dissatisfied with the government and the UN. “As long as there are no military measures, the rebels won’t hand themselves in,” he told DW. “We call on the Democratic Republic of Congo and the UN peacekeeping force in the DRC, MONUSCO, to dispatch troops to FDLR-held territory,” Kovata said.

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