Rwanda has expressed gratitude to DR Congo for the recent operation against FDLR that resulted into the killing of the militia’s top leader, Sylvestre Mudacumura.
The Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) on September 18, confirmed it killed Mudacumura and three other senior commanders including his Chief Escort and capturing 15 others.
Mudacumura was the commander of the genocidal militia and was wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The FDLR is a group of elements who played role in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The militia has destabilized the entire Kivu territory for over two decades.
For Congolese, the neutralisation of Mudacumura is good news because he headed the radical wing of the FDLR which opposed voluntary repatriation to Rwanda, a strong signal for other rebels.
Meanwhile, Minister Nduhungirehe met President Tshiseked on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on New York and held a high level meeting on peace and security in the Great Lakes Region.
Co-organized by the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Kingdom of Belgium, the meeting brought together the guarantors of the framework agreement for the DR Congo, UN, AU, ICGLR, and SADC to assess the implementation of the process initiated by the Addis Ababa Framework Agreement and re-commit its stakeholders to a new impetus in the implementation of the agreement to restore peace and security in the Great Lakes Region.
Minister Nduhungirehe told Taarifa that the meeting was also an opportunity to thank President Tshisekedi for the momentum he brought for peace, security and cooperation in the region.
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He said that he also wanted to extend Rwanda’s appreciation for the concrete action undertaken by the FARDC against negative forces like the FDLR and RNC.
During the meeting, the Rwandan side briefed their partners on the developments following the Luanda MoU, praising Angola and DRC for their role as mediators.
The mediation resulted into initial steps towards efforts to restore relations pending a follow up meeting in Kamapla by the Rwandan officials next month.
Minister Nduhungirehe also called on Western countries to take action against leaders of terrorist groups living on their territories and stop giving them citizenship.