UN chief welcomes peace deal between DRC and M23 Movement

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed a peace deal between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 Movement.

The Kampala Dialogue concluded on Thursday with the signing of a Final Communique  in Nairobi, Kenya by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and President Joyce Banda of Malawi, in their capacities as Chairs of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and Southern African Development Community (SADC).

According to a statement from the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Mr. Ban says this constitutes a positive step towards ending cycles of deadly conflicts that have caused immense suffering to the Congolese people.

He notes that the outcome documents of the Kampala Dialogue do not grant immunity to alleged perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, or gross violations of human rights.

And, he urges the parties to begin implementation without delay and to fully respect their commitments. At the same time, he extends the full support of the United Nations to facilitate the implementation process, as needed.

The Secretary-General calls on all other armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to lay down their weapons and pursue their objectives through peaceful political means. The Secretary-General hopes that the DRC and its neighbours will build on the latest positive developments by working together to address the root causes of instability in eastern DRC through the full implementation of their commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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