UN encourage DRC-Rwanda dialogue on M23 rebels
The UN Security Council "encouraged" the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda to pursue a dialogue on the rebellion in DR Congo's east, the Council declared.
The Council's 15 member states "welcome the recent discussions between President (Paul) Kagame and President (Joseph) Kabila to resolve the crisis and encourage continued high-level dialogue at the bilateral and regional level," the release read.
"The Members of the Security Council reiterate their condemnation of all outside support to all armed groups in the DRC and their demand that all forms of support to them cease immediately."
The Council also reaffirmed its continued support for the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO).
"All responsible for attacks against civilians or MONUSCO personnel must be held accountable and brought to justice," the release read, echoing its condemnation of a recent attack on the mission by rebels.
An Indian UN peacekeeper died in a clash with rebels earlier this month.
Rwanda and DR Congo agreed Sunday to deploy an international task force to neutralize rebels in the East of DR Congo, following a meeting between Kabila and his Rwandan counterpart Kagame.
Kigali continues to deny UN allegations that Rwanda has supplied the March 23 (M23) rebels, comprised of Tutsi militants, with arms and soldiers.
An upcoming meeting in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, will specify the composition and terms of deployment of the joint Congolese-Rwandan task force as well as its relations with MONUSCO. The UN has already deployed one of its largest peacekeeping operations to DR Congo, with over 17,000 soldiers and 2,000 civilians.