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Rwanda urges continued ICGLR dialogue

KIGALI, 20 November 2012—Rwanda today urged both the M23 and the DRC government to desist from further hostilities that have harmful repercussions not only on Congolese citizens but on Rwandan civilians in the border areas.

Foreign Minister and Government Spokesperson Louise Mushikiwabo said political dialogue was more important than ever after the fall of Goma to M23, and that recent events should refocus attention and commitment to the ongoing ICGLR process:

“What happened today in Goma is a clear indication that the military option has failed to bring about a solution to this crisis and that political dialogue is the only way to resolve the ongoing conflict. Rwanda is fully committed to the peace process under ICGLR and we continue to work with member states in the interest of a full and durable peace in our region.”

Speaking from Kampala, Minister Mushikiwabo pointed out that there has to be a new approach to ensure that there is no further deterioration in the current situation:

“By focussing on the blame game and ignoring the root causes of conflict in the DRC, the international community has missed the opportunity to help the DRC restore peace and security for its citizens and bring about much needed stability in the Great Lakes Region. We just cannot afford to continue along a path that has failed to produce results.”

Minister Mushikiwabo pointed out that the Government of Rwanda will continue to work closely with UN agencies and other partners in the country to provide and facilitate humanitarian assistance to those affected by recent events.

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