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M23 Fighters Withdraw From Some Occupied Localities

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Reports emerging from North Kivu indicate that the M23 fighters have already withdrawn from Kitchanga locality and some other areas they have been occupying.

The rebels begun pulling out of some occupied areas on Monday morning and guns had remained silent. This withdrawal comes almost 24 hours after the UN security council team visit in the country.

Also M23 left the locality of Mweso and the Bashali chiefdom. The territory of Masisi and its surroundings notably Sake, woke up this Monday, in calm.

However, the rebels are still positioned at Muongozi, Busumba and Kirumbu, around Mweso.

The United Nations Security Council delegation advocates for a dialogue between the Congolese government and the M23 rebels. The Kinshasa government accuses Rwanda of supporting the rebels a claim Kigali has stronglyand repeatedly denied.

French ambassador to the UN Nicolas de Rivière, one of the heads of the UN delegation in the Democratic Republic from the Congo, during a press briefing, Sunday March 12, in Goma revealed that the alleged Rwandan army incursions file in the Congo is already under investigation at the level of the Security Council.

However, Kinshasa has consistently faulted on Nairobi, Luanda, and other treaties, and continued to attack the M23 bases.

President Félix Tshisekedi has allowed the deployment of a contingent of Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) to support peacekeeping operations in the DRC.

The deal was reached after an exchange last Tuesday between Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi and head Antonio, Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs and emissary of the President of the Republic Joao Lourenço.

According to an official press release from the Angolan Presidency, the main objective of the deployment of this contingent is to secure the areas where the M23 rebels are confined and to protect members of the ad hoc verification mechanism.

The Angolan head of state, João Lourenço, chairs the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and is also the African Union mediator (AU) in the crisis between Rwanda and the DRC.

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