Congo’s M23 rebels call off revolt

M23 says it will disarm and pursue political solution with Joseph Kabila’s government after being driven out of last strongholds – Published on The Guardian, by David Smith, Nov 5, 2013.

Congolese rebels have surrendered after a 20-month uprising, offering the best hope of peace for years in the country’s war-ravaged east.
The M23 rebel group declared a ceasefire and said it was ready to disarm and demobilise troops and pursue a political solution to end the crisis. 

“The chief of general staff and the commanders of all major units are requested to prepare troops for disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration on terms to be agreed with the government of Congo,” the M23 leader, Bertrand Bisimwa, said.

The announcement came hours after Democratic Republic of the Congo government forces drove the rebel fighters out of their two remaining strongholds. “Tshanzu and Runyoni were taken by the army around 3am,” government spokesman Lambert Mende told Reuters. “Many M23 fighters are surrendering. Militarily this is finished.”

The Kinshasa government expects peace talks mediated by neighbouring Uganda to resume soon, Mende added … //

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Links:

DR Congo M23 rebels end insurgency, on BBC, Nov 5, 2013;

Reddition du M23: ruse de guerre ou fin d’un monstre? Publié dans Faso Zine, pr Bark Biiga, Nov 5, 2013;

Find M23 on Google News-search;

La Victoire de FARDC sur Le M23 et Le Rwanda, 14.43 min, uploaded by Jambo JamboNewsChannel, Oct 31, 2013;

Inside Story: M23: On the brink of defeat? 25.01 min, uploaded by Al Jazeera English, Oct 30, 2013;

DR Congo claims victory over M23 rebels, 0.55 min, uploaded by euronews (in English), Nov 5, 2013;
more M23 on YouTube-search;
Al Jazeera English Life Stream / (en direct);

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