The US welcomes the Start of Military Operations Against the FDLR1 Commentaire

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Press Statement

Jen Psaki

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

January 29, 2015


The United States welcomes the announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of the start of military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an armed group that has inflicted immeasurable suffering on the civilian population of eastern DRC and Rwanda for over 20 years. The UN Security Council has mandated the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) to protect civilians and, in support of the DRC authorities, to neutralize armed groups including the FDLR. Last July, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) gave the FDLR, including its leadership, a clear deadline of January 2, 2015 to surrender fully and unconditionally or face military consequences. However, the FDLR failed to deliver on its promise to surrender and instead used this period to continue to commit human rights abuses, recruit new combatants, and pursue its illegitimate political agenda.

In October, the ICGLR and SADC heads of state reaffirmed that military action should take place in the absence of a full surrender of the FDLR, and on January 8, the UN Security Council reiterated the need to neutralize the FDLR through immediate military operations.

The United States fully supports DRC military operations with MONUSCO against those members of the FDLR who have failed to surrender. We encourage the DRC and MONUSCO to continue their coordination and joint planning and to take immediate steps to end the threat from the FDLR.

We stress the importance of these military operations being conducted in a way that protects and minimizes the impact on civilians, in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law, and in line with the UN’s human rights due diligence policy. The neutralization of the FDLR will contribute to long-term peace and stability for the people of the Great Lakes region.


SOURCE: US Department of State

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    Dear all especialy my brothers and my sisters in my blessed Country the Democratic republic of Congo,

    Is it thrue the FDLR is a congolese probleme? let us say NO, that FDLR question is not for the congolese…the United Nations have to appology to all daughters and sons of DRCongo, we know all about this case, the FDLR where refugees in ZAIRE (cfr:UNHCR repport on refugees in ZAIRE sins 1994), it means, they have refugees status(…) Why the neighbouring problems have to be solvesd in DRCongo? We, the Congolese Civil Society Actors in exile in Uganda, we desagree with that way you are using, the victims are and will be the congolese children, we refuse that BAD system, that military operation against FDLR in DRC. We are requesting to all just to remember the number of the victims, the death in East of DRC, now is 8.000.000person whom died…This qestion cants get the durable solution in like those war operation, the politicians know it just to protect their interest but on our side, we are so so sure that, this question has an international solution, the congolese goverment must be serious with himself first then with his people, we hope that the durable solution is simple: RWANDESE INTERN DIALOGUE, open to every one (daughters and sons of RWANDA), Sirs and Sisters, this is the real durable solution which is the way for the PEACE in our Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), other are just weist time and money for nothing, is just a way to add the number of the death in our country, Yes, U’ill track, user the military operations against FDLR but not on the way to bring them up to our boarders then they travel up to RWANDA, no, is just to chass them in the congolese forests… STOP please to kill congolese, FDLR is known by the Intenational Community and the U N, KAGAME is a real probleme because he doesnt want DIALOGUE with this FDLR, the UN have to search else where to put those people if the want the congoles peace in their country. The international law have to protect every one, we know the FDRL problems in our country but it must be hire if those operations failed…KIMIA 1 et KIMIA 2 failed now which name for this new operation? We need on the first way, the importance of these military operations being conducted in a way that protects and minimizes the impact on civilians, but where is the place of the international humanitarian?What about the International Law in that case according to different violations? If real, the neutralization of all thhose groups including the FDLR shall contribute to the durable solution, peace and stability in DRC, but we want to finish this to push the RWANDESE INTERN DIALOGUE as a solution to get PEACE in DRC, RWANDA and in the Greats-Lakes Region in generale. (accept our English, we are from the French Country)

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