Luanda mini-summit decides to end M23 attacks from Friday

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Kinshasa, November 23rd, 2022 (CPA) – The mini-summit on peace and security in the eastern region of DRC held on Wednesday in Luanda, Angola, decided on the cessation of attacks by M23, supported by Rwanda, against loyalist forces from next Friday.

“The mini-summit decided the cessation of hostilities in general, and in particular of M23 attacks against FARDC and MONUSCO from Friday November 25th, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.”, notes the final press release sanctioning this meeting convened at the invitation of the President. Angolan Joao Lorenzo, mediator appointed by SADC and AU in the conflict between DRC and Rwanda, an aggressor country.

« The mini-summit decided the cessation of all politico-military support for M23 and all other local and foreign armed groups operating in eastern DRC and the region (D-Day) », continues the text.

The Heads of State members of the East African Community (EAC) also imposed on M23 « the withdrawal from the occupied areas and the return to its initial positions, in accordance with the conclusions of the extraordinary meeting of heads General Staff of the Armed Forces of EAC of November 8th, 2022 held in Bujumbura ».

« If M23 refuses to disengage and liberate all the territories they currently occupy, EAC Heads of State will instruct the Regional Force to use force to induce them to submit », conclude the Heads of States signatories of the said final release.

The main objective of the mini-summit in Luanda was to establish a timetable for the implementation of priority actions, with a view to the cessation of hostilities and the immediate withdrawal of M23 from occupied Congolese localities, and the coordination of operations in Luanda and the Nairobi Process.

According to government sources, the talks in Nairobi, under the aegis of the Community of East African States, between the government and the armed groups, which were to start this Monday, November 21st in the Kenyan capital, were postponed.

These peace consultations, which began last May, include, in addition to the government party, dozens of armed groups from Nord and Sud Kivu, but also from Ituri.

Declared since “terrorist group” by the Congolese government, M23 has continued to carry out offensives against the loyalist army, which contains it in the territory of Nyiragongo, around Kibumba, about twenty kilometers from Goma. ACP/