a ceasefire agreement reached at the mini-summit in Luanda
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At the end of a mini-summit in Luanda on the security situation in the DRC, the participants proposed on Wednesday, November 23, an updated road map, starting from the cessation of hostilities in 48 hours.
According to the final statement, the participants in the Luanda mini-summit expressed their concern about the worsening of insecurity and the persistent military actions of the M23 », « the acquisition by the M23 of increasingly sophisticated weapons and other means to carry out attacks », and the persistence of the forces described as « negative and terrorist in the eastern DRC.
To achieve the ” de-escalation requested by mediation, several decisions were made. The first is the cessation of hostilities, and in particular the M23 attacks against the armed forces of the DRC (FARDC) and Monusco as of Friday 6:00 p.m. Two days later, the rebel group will have to withdraw from the conquered areas to recover their initial positions, while the regional force of the East African Community (EAC) will continue its deployment.
The document calls for the cessation of all political-military support for the M23 and all other local and foreign armed groups in the region, as well as the disarmament and quartering of the rebels on Congolese territory. It also calls for political consultations between the DRC government and local armed groups, and the resumption of bilateral dialogue between Kinshasa and Kigali.
This mini-summit was held in the presence of the Congolese presidents Felix Tshisekedi and the Burundian president Evariste Ndayshimiye, together with the Angolan head of state Joao Lourenço and the facilitator of the East African community, Uhuru Kenyatta. Paul Kagame, on the other hand, was absent. The Rwandan president, as expected, was represented by his Foreign Minister, Vincent Biruta.