Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, leaders of member countries of the Community of East African States (EAC) agreed to deploy a regional force to eastern DRC to try to end the violence . Rwanda will not participate: Kinshasa remains convinced that it is behind the resurgence of attacks by the M23 rebellion.
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What would be his interest? What evidence does the DRC have? And what role does Uganda play in this region with historically fragile balances? Congolese Foreign Minister Christophe Lutundula answered questions from Young Africa.
Capcov: A disturbing incident occurred on Friday, June 17, in the East: a Congolese soldier was killed while he was in Rwandan territory. What happened ?
Christophe Lutundula : According to information that has reached us, a Congolese soldier opened fire and wounded a Rwandan soldier. The Rwandans reacted and the Congolese soldier was killed. This course of events was confirmed to me by telephone by my Rwandan counterpart. [Vincent Biruta].
The Congolese authorities say they are convinced that the Rwandan army is present on their territory, alongside the M23. What evidence do you have?
Already in 2013, the presence of the Rwandan army in the DRC had been established by reports from the United Nations group of experts and the Sanctions Committee. This is why the United States and the European Union had suspended their military cooperation with Rwanda. CNDP leaders [Congrès national pour la défense du peuple], as those of the M23 have always resided on Rwandan soil, this should not be forgotten. These groups, when we retrace their itineraries, their movements, always come from Rwanda. How can we still deny it?
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Is this enough to establish Rwanda’s responsibility today?