UN mission makes progress against armed rebels in eastern DR Congo

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Martin Kobler interacts with local children on his arrival in Kiwanja in eastern DRC. MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti.

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) is making progress in its push against the FDLR rebels in the eastern part of the country.

That's what the head of MONUSCO, Martin Kobler, told reporters on Wednesday after briefing the Security Council on the political and military situation in the country.

The FDLR is the French acronym for the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which is made up of Hutu rebels who fled to the DR Congo after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Mr. Kobler said that the problem of the M23, another armed rebel group that had terrorized people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, is "militarily at least solved".

"MONUSCO is concentrating on the other armed groups, including and in the first instance now on the FDLR and the operations started on 27 November and yesterday and the day before yesterday important progress was made to clear areas and streets of FDLR positions. We will go on with this fight against all armed groups including FDLR but also the ADF more in the North."

The ADF is a Ugandan rebel group based along the Rwenzori Mountains of eastern DR Congo.

The head of the UN Mission in the DR Congo said that he also briefed the Security Council on the wave of surrenders as people now want to go back to civilian life.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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