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Projet: Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "

Activité:Talk show ″Urubugarw'itangazamakuru″ (Club de la presse)


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Why have tensions between DRC and Rwanda reemerged?

Tensions between the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring Rwanda, and the sudden reemergence of a once-feared rebel group in eastern Congo, have raised fears of another wide-reaching conflict in the volatile Great Lakes region.

The tensions erupted last week after M23 rebels attacked Congolese forces near Goma, the largest city in Congo’s mineral-rich east, which borders Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania. The United Nations and Congolese forces have long struggled to contain the violence in the east, which is driven by dozens of armed groups and complicated by national and ethnic rivalries.

Congo’s president, Félix Tshisekedi, summoned Rwanda’s ambassador on Friday 27 May, suspended RwandAir flights and barred overflights by the government-owned carrier, accusing Kigali of backing M23.

The talk show guests said that as it has for many years, FARDC was fighting with members of the self-styled Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) within its ranks. Designated a terrorist organisation, including by the UN, the FDLR was formed in the early 1990s, from the former Rwanda army, and the Interahamwe militias, which spearheaded the 1994 Rwanda genocide against Tutsi.

They argue the DRC to observe good neighborliness, own up to her problems, and avoid apportioning blame where none exists.

“M23 is a Congolese internal issue, in which Rwanda has no involvement, so DRC should resolve the conflict, through the recently convened regional meeting in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

“I wish to emphasize again that M23 is a Congolese internal problem, which should be resolved by the framework of the recent Nairobi summit…There are several initiatives in place to address the existing problems, but without the political will, we will remain in a vicious cycle of undesirable destructive conflicts…” Said Modetse one of talk show guests.

The guests argued that situation in eastern DRC needs peaceful resolutions (dialogue) than war

The DRC and Rwanda have had a tumultuous relationship since the mass arrival in the republic of Rwandan people accused of slaughtering Tutsis during the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Ties had thawed after DRC President Felix Tshisekedi took office in 2019 and last year, the neighbors signed three bilateral agreements to further enhance trade and diplomatic ties.

But Kinshasa has regularly accused Rwanda of carrying out incursions into its territory, and of backing armed groups there. 



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