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DRC – End of the armed activities of the M23 (Nairobi – December 12, 2013)

France welcomes the signing on December 12 in Nairobi of the documents that will put an end to the armed activities of the M23 rebel movement and exclude any possibility of impunity for the perpetrators of serious crimes.

France calls on the other armed groups still operating in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to lay down their arms. In accordance with the mandate set out in UNSCR 2098, MONUSCO has the legitimacy and capabilities to support the operations of the Congolese armed forces aimed at neutralizing these groups, including the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda.

We commend the role played by the Southern African Development Community and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, under Ugandan presidency, in the decisions taken yesterday in Nairobi. France reaffirms its attachment to the Addis Ababa framework agreement, which should allow the states of the Great Lakes region to establish lasting peace in the region.



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