Limited progress has been made regarding the implementation of Nairobi Declaration on peace in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), a UN report released Tuesday in Kinshasa has shown. DR Congo
According to the report from the UN secretary general, the coordinator for the March 23 Movement (M23) Rene Abandi resigned on Jan. 12, 2015, accusing the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) government of violating the agreement.
“At the end of the stipulated time, 182 out of 1,678 ex-M23 fighters had been repatriated to DR Congo, just like the initial repatriation of the first group of 120 ex-fighters on Dec. 16, 2014. We therefore still have over 1,100 M23 members at the Bihanga camp in Uganda,” the UN report added.
In terms of efforts made to accelerate repatriation to Rwanda of some 453 former fighters of M23, DR Congo government sent a team to Kigali between Feb. 2 to 4, to examine the modalities for the operation.
In a statement released on Feb. 3, the two governments reaffirmed their willingness to respect their international obligations to promote regional peace, security and cooperation as stipulated in the Nairobi Declaration.
The third meeting to evaluate the implementation of Nairobi Declaration was held in Kinshasa on Feb. 11, during which it was agreed that a multidisciplinary team will be sent to Uganda to accelerate and coordinate the repatriation of the former M23 fighters and their weapons.
Participants at the meeting equally reiterated the need to take measures stipulated in the Declaration to reinforce confidence among parties, including creation of commissions on expropriations and national reconciliation as well as freeing of former M23 fighters detained by the DR Congo government.
The DR Congo government and M23 rebels signed a peace agreement that was christened ‘Nairobi Declaration’ on Dec. 12, 2013 in the Kenyan capital. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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