President Yoweri Museveni, Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame of Uganda, DRC and Rwanda respectively, have called for the immediate withdrawal of M23 rebels from the captured towns of Goma, Sake and DRC at large.
At a joint press conference held at Commonwealth Resort, Munyonyo in Kampala on Wednesday evening, the three Heads of State agreed the military option would not solve the crisis in Eastern Congo while Kabila stated that he was ready to have “direct talks” with the rebels and address their “legitimate grievances.”
The conference was a result of a closed-door emergency meeting that was called by Kabila immediately after Goma had fallen to the rebels on Tuesday to discuss how to address the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Eastern DRC after the capture of the North Kivu Provincial capital Goma, by the M23.
The three Presidents agreed that the M23 rebels need to immediately ceasefire or face the wrath of the regional troops. This was after Museveni said, “M23 presence in Goma and Sake is “unacceptable.” We have asked them to go where they came from.”
A comprehensive and operational plan geared towards lasting peace and stability will be drawn up as a matter of urgency to deal with the rebels.
The three Heads of State welcomed the support of the Secretary General of the United Nations who dispatched a special envoy to Kampala to meet with them and discuss the matter.