Former warlord Bosco Ntaganda attacked civilians because of their ethnicity in northeastern Congo’s Ituri region, prosecutors said on Monday during a confirmation of charges hearing at the International Criminal Court.
La signature d’un document qui était censé marquer la fin des pourparlers de paix de Kampala entre le gouvernement congolais et les rebelles vaincus du M23 a été reportée sine die lundi à Entebbe, en Ouganda, à cause d’un désaccord sur son contenu et son titre.
The signing of a document that was supposed to mark the end of peace talks between DR Congo’s government and the defeated M23 rebels was postponed indefinitely on Monday in Entebbe, Uganda, over a disagreement on its wording and title.
The Congolese government says it will not sign a “peace deal” with the M23 rebels now that they have been defeated. Information Minister and government spokesman Lambert Mende told reporters during a news conference in Kinshasa on Tuesday that there will only be a “statement.”
DR Congo’s army has recaptured Bunagana, the last major town that was still occupied by the M23 rebels in North Kivu province. The victory marks a turning point for eastern Congo, which has been plagued by unrest for more than a decade.
DR Congo’s government said on Friday it will protect its population against any military attack by the Rwandan army on its territory.
M23 rebels and their allies in Rwanda deliberately shelled civilians neighborhoods in Goma on Thursday, Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende said on Friday during a press conference in Kinshasa.
DR Congo’s government said today it has sent three international arrest warrants to Rwanda against former M23 rebel leader Jean-Marie Runiga and commanders Baudouin Ngaruye, Eric Badege and Innocent Zimurinda.
The 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.
The 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 7 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.