War imminent in DRC as M23 gets ready to defend itself

A South African army contingent arrives in Goma to join the UN Rapid Intervention Force in the DRC.
A South African army contingent arrives in Goma to join the UN Rapid Intervention Force in the DRC.

The voices of reason like that of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos who have stated that deployment of foreign forces in Kivu Provinces will not bring peace to the region, have been ignored by those who seek above all else, to go to war with the March 23 (M23) Movement whom they view as a stumbling block to their economic and political interests in East DRC.

The M23 have given all possible effort to the resolution of the conflict through negotiations. They withdrew from Goma, declared a unilateral ceasefire in January 2013 and have since been present in Kampala to participate in the peace process which the DRC Government was never serious to pursue from the onset.

Last Wednesday, the DRC Government delegation abandoned the Kampala peace negotiations and returned to Kinshasa. On seeing this, the M23 delegates also returned to Bunagana the next day.

The UN is now set to ignite another bloody chapter in the lives of the people of North and South Kivu and Maniema provinces of East DRC. The Intervention Brigade, authorised by UN Security Council Resolution 2098 of 1 April 2013, was given the responsibility for neutralizing armed groups, especially the M23 and contribute towards reducing the threat posed by armed groups to state (read Kabila’s) authority and civilian security in Eastern DRC and to make space for stabilization activities.

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