The March 23 Movement (M23), a former rebel movement operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), on Monday called for restoration of lasting peace and stability in the country.
The former rebels made the request in a statement signed by the group’s leader Bertrand Bisimwa during the 6th anniversary of the signing of a peace agreement between the Congolese government and the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP).
M23 was created in 2012 by ex-CNDP rebels who accused the government of not respecting the agreement signed on March 23, 2009.
“On this day of commemorating the March 23, 2009 agreement, M23 leadership would wish to request all parties concerned with the DR Congo peace process to urge the government to guarantee peace and stability in DR Congo and the region,” Bisimwa said in the statement.
He said lasting peace and stability could only be achieved through strict application of the provisions of the March 23, 2009 agreement in Goma, the Framework for Peace, Security and Cooperation for DR Congo and the Region signed on Feb. 24, 2013 in Addis Ababa as well as the Dec. 12, 2013 Nairobi Declarations.
“The major causes of the conflicts remain intact, and they have become bigger and now pose a threat of an outbreak of more conflicts,” the M23 leader lamented.
M23 was defeated by the Congolese army supported by the United Nations Mission for Stabilization of Congo in December 2013. Enditem