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Rwanda reacts to DR Congo’s denial of FDLR presence

By IGIHE
On 4 April 2024 at 11:38

Rwanda has expressed concerns over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s persistent denial of the presence of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) within its borders.

Alain Mukuralinda, the Deputy Spokesperson for the Rwandan Government, addressed these claims in light of comments made by the DRC’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula, who accused Rwanda of meddling in the DRC’s internal affairs during an interview with France24.

Mukuralinda criticized the DRC’s stance as undermining the Nairobi and Luanda peace processes, emphasizing that such denials only serve to divert attention from the significant threat posed by the FDLR.

This group, known for spreading hate speech, genocide ideology, and violence, consists of individuals responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Despite the DRC’s claims that the FDLR is merely an excuse used by Rwanda, Mukuralinda highlighted the Rwandan government’s consistent calls for the DRC to expel the FDLR from its territory—a request that has been met with resistance and counter-accusations of Rwanda’s support for the M23 rebel group.

Furthermore, Mukuralinda pointed to evidence from various United Nations expert reports indicating collaboration between the DRC’s armed forces (FARDC) and the FDLR, including the provision of weapons and battlefield support.

This, according to Mukuralinda, exemplifies the DRC officials’ tendency to adhere to unfounded claims to mask their leadership failures in ensuring their citizens’ security.

The Rwandan government maintains its support for the Nairobi and Luanda peace agreements, advocating for the resolution of conflicts in Eastern Congo through peaceful means.

This stance underscores the importance of acknowledging and addressing the root causes of instability in the region, rather than perpetuating a cycle of denial and accusation that hampers peace efforts.

Alain Mukuralinda, the Deputy Spokesperson for the Rwandan Government.

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