US Backs Military Action Against FDLR

health geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Recent photographs by Al Jazeera journalists showed hundreds of the militia whose ideology and leadership led to the 1994 genocide, medicine on parades receiving instructions from superiors.

The photos further shed light on stocks of arms hidden in huts belonging to FDLR.

Feingold who is visiting the region to assess the DR Congo peace process, told press after meeting Kagame the discussions covered security in the region.

“We talked a great deal about the hopes we have about dialogue and the peace process in Eastern Congo, a process led by Angola through the ICGLR, the need to take action against the FDLR and it’s a pleasure that there is an announcement by the Democratic Republic of Congo and MONUSCO that a more serious action is being taken against FDLR militarily,” he said.

“We also had an opportunity to discuss the somber but important 20th Anniversary of what occurred in this country and many of us are honored to be invited to attend on April 7.”


Feingold said he thought there was unlimited future for Rwanda and DRC once outstanding issues are solved.

He said that during his visit to camps he was able see how well the camps were run by the Rwandan Government.

Feingold further said he was able to understand that many Rwandophone refugees in Rwandan camps were interested in going back to Congo but that they were concerned by the security back home, and that with the collaboration between the Rwanda Government and the international community, these issues could be resolved to allow them to go back home.

The Head of MONUSCO Martin Kobler on Tuesday urged “all FDLR rebels to immediately break away from their leaders who are being prosecuted by justice, otherwise they will be forcibly disarmed.”

Observers have always been pessimistic about MONUSCO’s commitment to rout the FDLR, considering the militia was used by UN to fight and defeat the M23 in 2013.

MONUSCO called on all FDLR members to surrender without delay and to join the Disarmament, Demobilization, Repatriation, Reinsertion and Reintegration (DDRRR) process.

Kobler welcomed the launch of FARDC operations against the FDLR and affiliated armed groups. He announced MONUSCO’s support and direct engagement alongside the Congolese army.

“The operations aim to neutralize the FDLR and their allies. They will also help reestablish State authority, in accordance with our mandate to protect civilians and our rules of engagement,” he noted.

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