The need for M23 rebels to cease fire and withdraw from east Congo the occupied territories have been reached just after Former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rwandan President Paul Kagame agreed and concluded , the blog of the East African Union (EAC) said on Friday.
M23 rebels have been launching several attacks in eastern Congo this year, their first comeback since 2012, when clashes with the army and displaced thousands of civilians.
The violence has fueled diplomatic tensions between Congo and neighboring Rwanda, which Congo has accused of supporting the group. Rwanda denies the allegations.
Regional efforts are underway to ease relations between the two countries and end border conflicts.
Kenyatta was in Congo this week as a facilitator for the seven EAC members and the African Union peace envoy.
He held meetings in Kinshasa and visited displaced people in the main eastern city of Goma, which M23 approached this week.
Kenyatta and Kagame both agreed by phone on “the urgent need for peace,” the EU said in a statement.
Kagame also agreed to assist Kenyatta in calling for the M23 to lay down its arms and withdraw from the occupied territories.
This will be discussed in the second round of talks in the Angolan capital, Luanda, next week.
Angolan President Joao Lourenco attended the first meeting between Congolese and Rwandan officials earlier this month. Adding that the need for M23 rebels to cease fire And Withdrawal From East Congo is now
Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi’s deputy spokesman told Reuters he was “happy to recognize that Paul Kagame can influence M23”.
“We’ll see what happens there,” he said.
A Rwandan government spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Formed in 2012, M23 is the latest in a series of ethnic rebellions led by Tutu to rebel against Congolese forces.
Rebels seized large areas in 2012 and captured Goma the following year before being pushed out by Uganda and Rwanda by Congolese and UN forces.
Since March, they have had three major crimes. This led to the latest wave of evictions at the end of October.