UN Envoy In Last-Minute Push For DRC Peace Deal

Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson. Photo: MONUSCO
Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson. Photo: MONUSCO

Last ditch efforts to revive the signing of an aborted peace deal between the Democratic republic of Congo government and M23 rebels are slowly taking shape.

The United Nations special envoy on the Great Lakes Region Mary Robinson is making attempts to convince regional leaders to get the DRC government back on the table to sign the agreement.  Robinson is currently on a great lakes country visit.

The Congo government delegation headed by the foreign affairs minister Raymond Tshibanda requested for more time to understand the agreement after they failed to agree on whether to call it a peace accord or a declaration of surrender with the now dissolved M23 rebels.

Since then, the Congo government has not communicated with the chief Mediator Crispus Kiyonga on the matter. However, the Congolese information minister has resorted to accusing Uganda of harboring vested interest in the signing of the peace deal.

The peace deal provides for the re-integration of the M23 rebels into the Congolese army, the provision of amnesty to the all the rebels and demobilisation among others.

According to the UN website,  the envoy will meet Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete, The President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and President Joseph Kabila of DRC before attending the regional EAC summit in Kampala on Saturday.

Among the key things the UN envoy Mary Robinson is expected to discuss with the regional leaders and the Congolese government is the fate of the embattled M23 military head Sultan Makenga who was slapped with UN sanctions earlier in 2012 for alleged crimes against humanity. Makenga is currently Ugandan security protection.

M23 political leader Bertrand Bisiimwa has also since fired three members of the Kampala delegation who he accuses of grave indiscipline. They are also to face disciplinary action by the rebel group’s disciplinary committee.

The rebels had been fighting in Eastern Congo before they were routed by the Congolese government forces backed by the UN force MONUSCO. During the fighting, a peace deal w

1 thought on “UN Envoy In Last-Minute Push For DRC Peace Deal

  1. “They are also to face disciplinary action by the rebel group’s disciplinary committee.”
    I thought the M23 group was dissolved. So which disciplinary committee are they talking about? They should all go to The Hague and answer charges.

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