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Rwandan Support for M23 Rebels Frustrates Attempts to End Fighting in Eastern Congo

Scott Stearns/VOA News - September 26, 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets DR Congo President Joseph KabilaU.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the attacks being carried out by rebels in Eastern Congo against civilians "appalling". African heads of state met at the United Nations to discuss the conflict, which the United States says Rwanda is fueling by backing those rebels.
Dozens of M23 Rebels Killed by Congo Army in Renewed Fighting

Radio Okapi - August 22, 2013

Congolese army soldiers around Goma, North Kivu provinceDozens of M23 rebels have been killed and twelve others captured since Wednesday during renewed fighting between the rebels and the Congolese Armed Forces, known as FARDC. According to military sources in the area, the FARDC also recovered three heavy weapons during these clashes.
UN mission sets up security zone in eastern DR Congo, gives rebels 48 hour ultimatum

UN News Centre - July 30, 2013

Tanzanian special forces, part of MONUSCO, in Sake, North KivuThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the DR Congo announced that it will, for the first time, use its intervention brigade to enforce a security zone around the flashpoint city of Goma in the eastern part of the country, giving rebels 48 hours to disarm.
UN Security Council debate focuses on peace efforts for Africa's Great Lakes region

UN News Centre - July 25, 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) addresses the Security Council. At right is United States Secretary of State John Kerry. UN Photo/JC McIlwaineThe Security Council today restated its commitment to the United Nations-brokered peace accord for Africa’s strife-torn Great Lakes region and demanded an immediate end to hostilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
U.S. Tells Rwanda to Remove Its Military Personel From Eastern Congo

Congo News Agency - July 23, 2013

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen PsakiThe United States has called on Rwanda to stop all support to the M23 rebels a day after Human Rights Watch published new evidence that Rwanda continues to support the rebels in their campaign of terror across the border in eastern Congo.
M23 Rebels Kill, Rape Civilians in Eastern Congo: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch - July 22, 2013

Colonel Sultani Makenga, center, a senior M23 leader, on a hill in eastern Congo, July 2012M23 rebels have summarily executed at least 44 people and raped at least 61 women and girls since March 2013 in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Local residents and rebel deserters reported recent forced recruitment of men and boys by the M23 in both Rwanda and Congo.
UN Security Council approves intervention force to target armed groups in DR Congo

UN News Centre - March 28, 2013

UN Security Council votes to authorize the deployment of an intervention force to target armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UN Photo/JC McIlwaineThe Security Council today authorized the deployment of an intervention brigade within the current United Nations peacekeeping operation in DR Congo. The intervention brigade will carry out targeted offensive operations, with or without the Congolese national army, against armed groups that threaten peace in the eastern part of DRC.
Bosco Ntaganda in the International Criminal Court's custody

International Criminal Court - March 22, 2013

Bosco NtagandaBosco Ntaganda, against whom the International Criminal Court has issued two arrest warrants, surrendered himself voluntarily and is now in the ICC’s custody. Bosco Ntaganda is currently escorted by an ICC delegation that has left Kigali heading to the ICC detention centre in The Hague.
Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Turns Himself In at US Embassy in Rwanda

Congo News Agency - March 18, 2013

Bosco NtagandaThe US said on Monday that warlord Bosco Ntaganda has turned himself in at its embassy in Kigali and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court, where he is wanted on seven counts of war crimes and three counts of crimes against humanity.
Obama Tells Kagame to Stop Support for M23 Rebels in Eastern Congo

Congo News Agency - December 19, 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama on the phone in the White House Oval Office in 2010U.S. President Barack Obama told Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday to stop all support for the M23 rebels wreaking havoc in eastern Congo. During a phone call, Mr. Obama warned Mr. Kagame that “any support to the rebel group M23 is inconsistent with Rwanda’s desire for stability and peace.”







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