“M23 is aware of the documents thanks to social media. Since no one from M23 was at the summit, it doesn’t really bother us “M23 (March 23) movement political spokesman Lawrence Kanyuka said AFP.
He continued, “Usually, a cease-fire is between the two fighting parties.
Angola On Wednesday, the DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, and Angola delegations—including mediator and former Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta—announced their agreement to a cease-fire that will start on Friday.
Vincent Biruta, the foreign minister of Rwanda, and Felix Tshisekedi, the president of the DRC, both attended the conference in Luanda.
According to Kanyuka, the rebels declared a “unilateral ceasefire” in April and thought it was still in effect at the time.
“We will still be there,” Kanyuka declared, “if the government doesn’t strike us tomorrow [Friday] at 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) or in the morning.”
Otherwise, he declared, “we are protecting ourselves.”
In order to address the underlying causes of conflicts, he continued, “We are always ready for a direct engagement with the Congolese administration.” An accord reached at the conference in Luanda called for the end of hostilities in eastern DRC as of Friday evening and the M23 rebels’ “return to their initial positions” after leaving “occupied zones.”
According to the agreement, the east African regional army stationed in Goma “will employ force” to drive the rebels out if they continue to refuse.
In the statement released on Wednesday, it was agreed to stop giving the M23 and any other local or foreign armed groups in the area any political or military support.
M23 rebels had been dormant for years but reactivated late last year. Kinshasa has believed that Rwanda, which disputes the claims, has actively supported the M23 rebels from the beginning.