News / Africa

DRC Government ‘Troubled’ By M23 Recruitment

DRC - Congo Soldier
DRC - Congo Soldier
Peter Clottey
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) information minister has expressed concern about a recent report which states that M23 rebel group has been recruiting children in the Ituri region of the country to launch another round of insurgency.

Lambert Mende also called on the international community to put pressure on both Rwanda and Uganda to stop supporting the rebel group.

“We are seriously concerned about this information that is coming from a very credible source that is the UN expert groups and the civil society,” said Mende. “We are really astonished to hear that after the signing of the Addis Ababa agreement some neighboring countries and members of the Great Lakes States like Rwanda and Uganda are continuing to help this negative force of M23 to resume their criminal activities against our country.”

Mende says it is unacceptable for neighboring countries to support armed groups against the government.

“That is something we can’t accept and we call upon all the international community, all African states to assemble and exert pressure on Rwanda and Uganda to stop this against our people,” said Mende.

Both Kigali and Kampala have sharply rejected accusations that they support the rebel group. Uganda mediated the peace negotiations between the government in Kinshasa and representatives of the M23 rebel group, which ended in the signing of an accord to end the conflict.

Mende says he is not surprised the two neighboring countries are denying allegations they support the M23.

“It is what they are used to saying to deny, while the [M23 rebels] were killing our people last year and in 2012, they were saying that they are not behind those guys when the entire international community witnessed that they are organizing them, arming them, feeding them and giving them asylum in their country,” Mende said. “So, we are not at all impressed by this verbal denial, we need action.” 

Mende says Rwanda and Uganda have so far refused his government’s extradition request for leading members of the M23 accused of committing human rights violations to face justice in DRC.

“We met total refusal to cooperate with our request from our neighbors. They are giving us a lot of arguments not to respond positively to our request and this is a pity for Africa,” said Mende.  

Mende says Congo’s national army (FARDC) is prepared to confront and defeat any armed group that aims to create chaos and destabilize the country. He hailed military support from the UN peacekeepers (MONUSCO) in the country, mandated to protect civilians.

“We are ready to meet any aggression against our country [and] we showed it last year by defeating M23. We shall defeat it if they come again as we are waiting for them to do,” said Mende. “We appreciate the assistance we are getting from our partners of MONUSCO."
Clottey interview with Lambert Mende, Congo's information minister
Clottey interview with Lambert Mende, Congo's information ministeri
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

Lebanese Media Unite to Support Palestinians in Gaza

Joint newscast billed as Arab world’s first unified news bulletin in support of Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip More

Photogallery Australian PM Alleges ‘Coverup’ at MH17 Crash Site

Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador to Malaysia denies plane's black boxes were opened before they were handed over to Malaysian officials More

Despite Advances in AIDS Treatment, Stigma Lingers

Leading immunologist tells VOA that stigma is often what prevents those infected with disease from seeking treatment More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Agei
X
Elizabeth Lee
July 20, 2014 2:36 AM
Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.
Video

Video Diplomatic Crisis Grows Over MH17 Plane Crash

The Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine is drawing reaction from leaders around the world. With suspicions growing that a surface-to-air missile shot down the aircraft, there are increasing tensions in the international community over who is to blame. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Undocumented Immigrants Face Perilous Journey to US, No Guarantees

Every day, hundreds of undocumented immigrants from Central America attempt the arduous journey through Mexico and turn themselves over to U.S. border patrol -- with the hope that they will not be turned away. But the dangers they face along the way are many, and as Ramon Taylor reports from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, their fate rests on more than just the reception they get at the US border.
Video

Video Scientists Create Blackest Material Ever

Of all the black things in the universe only the infamous "black holes" are so black that not even a tiny amount of light can bounce back. But scientists have managed to create material almost as black, and it has enormous potential use. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Fog Collector Transforming Maasai Water Harvesting in Kenya

The Maasai people of Kenya are known for their cattle-herding, nomadic lifestyle. But it's an existence that depends on access to adequate water for their herds and flocks. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA, on a "fog collector."

AppleAndroid