DRC, M23 called to solidify peace

Nov. 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM
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UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council wants to see swift results from talks to end the March 23 Movement's rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said.

Lie Jieyi, U.N. Chinese ambassador, said Thursday the council was calling for "the swift conclusion and implementation of a final, comprehensive and agreed outcome in line with the Kampala [Uganda] talks that provides for the disarmament and demobilization of the M23 and accountability for human rights abusers."

China holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council.

The Uganda talks are aimed at ensuring peace in the DRC but regional and international delegates involved in them expressed frustration when a formal agreement didn't materialize as expected this week.

Oxfam, an advocacy consortium with headquarters in London, said Monday peace with M23 wouldn't ensure stability in the DRC because of the high number of armed groups fighting in the country.

The Security Council said it condemns human rights abuses by all DRC rebels "including summary executions, sexual and gender-based violence and large-scale recruitment and use of children."

M23 leader Bosco Ntaganda surrendered to the International Criminal Court earlier this year.

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