Rwanda, DR Congo to enhance cooperation on security

Rwanda and DR Congo have committed to consolidate efforts to restore peace and security in the two countries.

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The resolution was announced at the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Kigali between Rwanda’s Minister of Defense James Kabarebe and his DR Congo counterpart Aim? Ngoi-Mukena Lusa-Diese.

The meeting was convened to review the security challenges facing the two countries and agree on comprehensive strategies to address them.

According to a joint communiqu?, the ministers stressed that the Kigali meeting had opened a new chapter to enhance the bilateral cooperation to resolve security challenges facing the two countries particularly the eradication of Rwandan rebels known as Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) present in eastern DR Congo and the repatriation of ex-M23 combatants who fled to Rwanda.

The meeting received a brief on the current activities of FDLR and updates on ex-M23 combatants in Rwanda, it said.

The ex-M23 combatants crossed into Rwanda in 2013 after being defeated and are living in camp in eastern Rwanda.

A meeting of Chiefs of Defense/General Staff supported by Chiefs of Military Intelligence would be held in Kigali as soon as possible on a date to be communicated and develop practical ways to eradicate FDLR, it concluded.

Last year, regional heads of state gave the FDLR six months to fully disarm or face military action but it came to pass without an offensive against them.

The group, which was formed by fighters responsible for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, has been accused of committing atrocities in the eastern Congo. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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