Security Council welcomes end of M23 rebellion in DR Congo

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The UN Security Council has welcomed the recent announcement that an armed group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo would end its months-long rebellion in the eastern part of the country.

In a statement on Thursday, Council members said the 19-month-long insurgency by the M23 group had resulted in a significant number of deaths, including of UN peacekeepers, and massive displacement.

They called for the immediate and permanent disarmament and demobilization of M23 combatants, and reaffirmed their strong support to the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO).

The Security Council also expressed concern about the sustained regional threat posed by another group, the FDLR, whose leaders include perpetrators of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The FDLR, which is the French acronym for Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, has promoted and committed ethnically-based and other killings in that country and neighbouring DRC, the statement said.

The Council stressed the importance of neutralizing the FDLR and other armed groups operating in the eastern DRC.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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