Rwanda requests DRC to take measures against FDLR

On 8 August 2022 at 12:36

Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Vincent Biruta has requested the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to take measures against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) lest it continues to ruin bilateral relations.

FDLR is a terrorist group comprised of remnant masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

Recently, findings from an unvalidated report of UN Group of Experts dominated headlines of different international media houses. It was reported that the supposedly leaked report confirmed ‘solid evidences’ that Rwandan soldiers went to DRC to fight along with M23 rebel group.

Speaking to RFI, Minister Biruta said that Rwanda will react to the report once it is released.

Minister Biruta explained that he heard about the allegations where Rwanda is accused of having sent soldiers to DRC among other support.

The official said that the report would be problematic in case the experts confirm that they only saw Rwandan soldiers but fail to see FDLR combatants and report the collaboration between Congolese Army (FARDC) and FDLR.

The fact that drones said to have been deployed to monitor movements of Rwandan soldiers did not identify the rockets shelled on Rwandan territory at different times on 19th March, 3rd May and 10th June is also questionable.

It is said that the unvalidated report did not draw attention to hate speeches propagated by Congolese government, non-government organizations and Congolese people.

Minister Biruta revealed that FDLR is the root cause issues like M23 over continuously spreading genocide ideology.

The terrorist group continued to attack targeted groups of Congolese, triggering the establishment of more armed groups.

“There are over 130 armed groups present in eastern DRC but the group of experts only draw attention on one of them, make possible efforts to link it to Rwanda and assume that they have made a great discovery,” he said.

“The major and evident issue of concern which should have been detected is the existence of FDLR and its genocide ideology. It is like a doctor treating symptoms of a disease without drawing attention on causes,” added Minister Biruta.

The unvalidated report indicates that some members of Congo’s army have supported and fought alongside a coalition of armed groups including the FDLR.

Minister Biruta highlighted that Rwanda condemned the collaboration between FARDC and FDLR from the outset noting that there are evidences ignored by the experts and MONUSCO for the past 20 years.

“We want the international community and Congolese government to focus on the issue of FDLR and other groups threatening security in the region. All these groups harbouring genocide ideology and intentions to destabilize Rwanda’s security, want to finalize their Genocide plan as they say. This is our major concern,” he said.

“Whenever the problem is not solved with inaction of the international community and the Government of Congo, relations between Rwanda and DRC will continue to be affected,” added Minister Biruta.

He revealed that negotiations between both countries are ongoing where Rwanda requests DRC to find a solution for armed groups including M23 with which they signed peace accords in 2013 that were not implemented.

Minister Biruta has urged DRC to take measures against FDLR.