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10-23-2013DBAClottey- DRC- Talks Suspension React-Bafilemba


RESIDENTS IN THE NORTH KIVU PROVINCE OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT RENEWED VIOLENCE FOLLOWING THE SUSPENSION OF PEACE TALKS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE M23 REBELS. THE TALKS BROKE DOWN DUE TO DISAGREEMENT OVER AMNESTY FOR THE REBELS AND THEIR INTEGRATION INTO THE NATIONAL ARMY, KNOWN AS THE FARDC. FIDEL BAFILEMBA, A LEADING MEMBER OF A CIVIL SOCIETY UMBRELLA GROUP SAYS VICTIMS OF THE CONFLICT APPEAR TO HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE IN KINSHASA’S ABILITY TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY. BAFILEMA TELLS REPORTER CLOTTEY THAT RESIDENTS IN THE EASTERN CAPITAL, GOMA FEAR A RESURGENCE OF VIOLENCE BETWEEN THE NATIONAL ARMY AND THE M23 REBELS.

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