M23 DR Congo rebel group announces the end of its rebellion

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A pair of shoes left behind by defeated rebels on Three Towers Hill near Kibati on the 30th of August 2013. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

The M23 rebel group has announced the end of its insurgency that began in April 2012, against the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the UN Deputy Spokesperson.

Farhan Haq also said the DRC Government has agreed to end combat and complete steps agreed to as part of the Kampala Dialogue.

The announcement comes in the wake of fresh clashes in eastern DRC between Government troops (FARDC) and M23 fighters- composed of army mutineers and other armed groups.

The Great Lakes Envoys issued a statement on Tuesday, from the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, welcoming these new developments, said Haq.

"The Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson and his Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Martin Kobler, together with the Envoys of the African Union, the European Union, and the United States welcomed the announcement of the M23 to end its rebellion and the commitment of the Government of the DRC to end combat and complete steps agreed to as part of the Kampala Dialogue.” (21″)

The envoys also urged the Government and M23 to sign an agreement that ensures the timely disarmament and demobilization of the M23 and accountability for perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The envoys added that this is only one step towards addressing the persistent conflict and instability in the DRC, and in ensuring an end to all illegitimate armed actors in the country, including the Forces for the Democratic Liberation of Rwanda or FDLR.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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