Over 100 Rwandan rebels in the DRC surrender to the UN

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Over 100 rebel soldiers of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda have surrendered to the UN in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's North Kivu province.

That's what Stéphane Dujarric, UN Spokesperson, told reporters in New York on Friday.

Also known under their acronym FDLR, the armed group is among the many others operating and destabilizing the DRC.

The UN mission in the DRC, (MONUSCO), has also received reports that the group has expressed its intention to begin the surrender process in South Kivu in 72 hours.

Mr Dujarric said the Mission has welcomed this development and called on FDLR commanders as well as rank and file to surrender.

The UN Mission reports that all resources have been mobilised, on a priority basis, for a swift and well-organised transfer of ex-combatants to transit camps and later on to their final destination.

In the past year, the UN Security Council has mandated MONUSCO to use an intervention brigade to neutralize armed groups and reduce the threat they pose.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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