The DRC says it will not welcome Rwandan troops as part of the proposed deployment of East African Community forces.
The decision to deploy the East African Standby Force is expected to be confirmed on Sunday, when EAC military chiefs gather in Nairobi to consider President Uhuru Kenyatta’s call to deploy and pacify the provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu and Ituri.
But that deployment faces hurdles as DR Congo and Rwanda are at odds over allegations that Kigali sponsors M23 rebels that have escalated hostilities against the Congolese army and civilians. Rwanda denies the allegations.
The DRC will not include the Rwandan military in the joint forces to be deployed in its troubled provinces, government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said in a press statement on Friday.
“The government of the DRC welcomes President Kenyatta’s proposal to deploy a new regional military force led by the East African Community to enforce peace in provinces attacked by M23 and Rwanda, but insists it does not accept Rwanda’s involvement will accept joint force,” he said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called for the urgent activation of a task force to quell violence in eastern Congo.
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This week the dispute between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo spilled over into parliament in Kins hasa, which declined to discuss the latest memorandums between the two sides.
Kinshasa announced on Wednesday that it would scrap all bilateral deals with Rwanda amid anti-Rwanda protests by Congolese over Kigali’s alleged Supporting the M23.
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Nicaise Kibel Bel, a Congolese military and security expert, says the many Those involved could literally spoil the broth, especially since not everyone is interested in peace in eastern DR Congo.
The mission is “a good initiative, especially since all neighboring countries are striving for peace and trade,” he said, adding that that “there are fears that some diverging interests of various forces could emerge and weaken this good initiative”. armed groups with different interests have been active for many years. These armed groups are enforcing a permanent war situation on the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and the UN peacekeeping forces, whose presence on Congolese soil dates back more than 20 years.