The collaboration between FARDC and FDLR has been reported going on since M23 rebel group resumed fighting with Congolese Army demanding the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to respect peace agreements signed in 2013.
FDLR is a terrorist group formed by masterminds responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Mukuralinda said that escalating security problems in eastern DRC results from DRC’s low willingness to abide by established processes to find a solution.
These include Nairobi and Luanda processes and commitments made by both countries’ Heads of State during a recent meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York.
The deputy spokesperson stressed that the most important thing is to fight all armed groups as a whole.
“You know that over 120 armed groups are reported to be there but only one is talked about amidst collaboration between Congolese Army with another armed group. Rwanda maintains that FDLR poses a threat in the area, but they overlook the reality and work with it to conduct military operations instead of fighting it,” he said.
“Such acts are not to be tolerated. Rwanda monitors the situation to contain possible threat on its land,” added Mukuralinda.
He further revealed that the violence against Kinyarwanda speaking citizens is also monitored even though some politicians denounced it.
“It is a good move that politicians in DRC denounced the violence but doing so today through social media, and decline to bring to justice individuals behind such acts yet they can be located, is another problem. I think that it is among reasons why such acts do not halt,” stated Mukuralinda.
He however emphasized that leaders continue to engage in discussions where the problems will get a solution whenever DRC’s side demonstrates willingness.