Democratic Republic of Congo: Rwanda

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 9 March 2023.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of reports that (a) war crimes and (b) insurgency by the March 23 Movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo are funded by the Rwandan government.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development and Africa)

We are monitoring ongoing territorial advances in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by armed group M23 closely. It is vital that all parties work together to secure real de-escalation on the ground and an enduring political solution. We urge all parties to honour commitments made during regional political meetings, including the cessation of hostilities, respect for sovereignty and agreed withdrawal by M23. We raise ongoing tensions with the Governments of DRC and the region, including Rwanda, at the highest levels. This week, I [Minister Mitchell] called Rwandan Foreign Minister Biruta. We discussed the need for agreed ceasefires to be implemented and for the commitments made under the Nairobi and Luanda peace processes to be met. The Prime Minister also discussed the situation with Rwandan President Kagame this week.

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