The spokesman for the March 23 Movement (M23), Willy Ngoma, announced today, the 25th, that he will not cease hostilities and abandon the areas he occupies in North Kivu province, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) .
As reported by DW, Willy Ngoma argued that the M23 was not represented at the mini-summit that took place in Luanda, on the 23rd, and brought together the president of the DRC, Félix Tshisekedi, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda, Vincent Biruta,
Therefore, they claim, the ceasefire announced by President João Lourenço, as mediator of the African Union (AU), “does not concern him”.
“We are a very well-structured party, with all the official channels through which we can be contacted for discussions. We have a President, a Vice President and an Executive Secretary. We were informed of said resolutions on social media, so it has nothing to do with our party”, he underlined, in statements released by the DW.
As per the Kianda’s mail previously reported, the leaders who participated in the Luanda mini-summit, in a communiqué, decided within 48 hours a ceasefire, with the reintegration of the M23 rebels. The Statesmen and representative of the African Union and SADC, warned that if, within this period, the situation does not return to normal, they will activate the Troops of the SADC Region and the Great Lakes to intervene in the conflict in the East of the DRC.
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