The M23 was rated "unacceptable" the return of the Congolese army in the eastern cities. © AFP
RDC : les mutins du M23 refusent le retour de l'armée dans les villes de l'Est
Published: 13/07/2012 Article Author: KigaliKonnect.com Staff
The rebels of the Movement of March 23 (M23) described Friday as "unacceptable", the return of the Congolese army in the cities of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, they held Sunday before retiring.
"This is a provocative challenge against our forces (...) and a humiliation for the people of those entities that have suffered the atrocities of the army when he fled from our forces. "It is in these terms that the motion of March 23 responded to the return of the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo in two cities in eastern DRC.
In a statement, the rebels and the M23 have indicated that they "regret the return" of the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) and Kinwandja Rusthsuru, in the province of North Kivu, after forces have handed over these localities "to Congolese national police and the contingent of the UN Mission in DRC (Monusco) to turn away from any confrontation forces the inhabitants of these entities. "
The M23, "which qualifies as unacceptable the FARDC in these entities, considers this act as a military offensive committed (...) against its positions. "The mutineers therefore asked to leave Congolese military forces" without delay "the two cities in question," What mistakes will be made responsible for all consequences relating to their presence in these entities, that we do not want. "
Passage at arms
On July 6, the rebel soldiers had taken Bunagana, an important border post with Uganda, after fighting with the Congolese army, before winning without resistance, on July 8, Rusthsuru, 70 km north of Goma, the neighboring city of Kiwanja, and other localities farther south, up to 50 km from the provincial capital.
The rebels withdrew Monday from these cities, but they still control Bunagana, located about 25 km southeast of Rusthsuru, near their bases in the hills of Virunga National Park, backed by Rwanda and Uganda .
After the withdrawal of rebels, the Congolese army took over positions in the two cities in question. Thursday, three UN helicopters and two of the Congolese army fired rockets and shells at two other positions held by rebels in the southeast of the Virunga Park, and Nkokwe Bukima.
Moreover, Monusco and FARDC had deployed tanks Wednesday 25 kilometers north of the provincial capital, to prevent any attack on the town, although the rebels have so far insisted that their goal n ' Goma was not to sell, or other cities, but "to make their voices heard," and to get the Congolese government in negotiations.
The M23 consists of ex-combatants of the rebel Congolese Tutsi National Congress for People's Defense (CNDP), integrated into the FARDC as part of a peace deal with Kinshasa, signed March 23, 2009, and whose they demand the full implementation. If Kigali has repeatedly denied supporting the insurgents, senior Rwandan officials, including Defense Minister, General James Kabarebe, are accused in a report from UN experts have helped directly by providing the M23 weapons, ammunition and recruits.