“The eastern DRC is still troubled by negative forces. Through the greater assistance of the international community via the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), the Force Intervention Brigade and the Congolese army (FARDC), the negative forces will be neutralized,” said Muita.

He said the M23 rebel group has “already been demobilized and the repatriation of former M23 rebels is going on”.

Meanwhile, Muita indicated that the settlement of the Burundian crisis has reached an important step.

“A lot of progress has been achieved in inter-Burundian dialogue. The East African Community (EAC) is at the forefront and the ICGLR is very supportive,” said Muita.

According to him, a summit of EAC heads of state is due in Dar es Salaam from Aug. 17-18, and will, among other things, analyze a comprehensive report on the progress of the inter-Burundian dialogue.

The second round of inter-Burundian talks held on July 12-14 in Tanzania’s Arusha failed to reach a consensus between the Burundian government and the opposition.

Burundi has suffered turmoil since April last year when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he would seek a third term, which he later won.

Opponents say the president’s move violates the 2000 Arusha Agreement and the national constitution, and mounted waves of protests. Over 500 people are said to have been killed in violence. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana


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