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Bishop Venuste Mutiganda audivia2002 at yahoo.fr
Lun 27 Oct 13:53:01 GMT 2008

Monday, 27th October 2008

    Congo repatriation figures false – RDRC   

    KIGALI - Recent
figures published by the DRC government of rebel fighters of the FDLR
repatriated to Rwanda, since the beginning of the year have been
dismissed by the chairman of the Rwanda Demobilisation and
Reintegration Commission (RDRC), Jean Sayinzoga. A communiqué
published by the DRC on October 19 had claimed that over 1,200 FDLR
combatants had been voluntarily repatriated between January and the
beginning of September. Speaking to The New Times on Sunday, Sayinzoga, refuted these figures saying that the ones they have are very different from the DRC’s assertions. He said the figures quoted by the DRC were false and that even the UN peacekeeping forces (MONUC) could vouch for it. “The figures we have speak for themselves, they are nowhere near the mentioned figure and MONUC is aware of that,” he said.  Efforts
to get a comment from MONUC’s military spokesman on the phone were
futile and even an email sent to him remained unanswered all through
the weekend. Recent meetings of the task-force of the Joint
Monitoring Group (JMG), have called for more tougher measures to be
brought against the negative forces, especially their political leaders
in Europe and the US to compel them to adhere to the disarmament
process. Immigration officials at the Goma-Gisenyi border in
north western Rwanda confirmed that very few people have passed through
the border since the beginning of the year. Under the Nairobi
Communiqué signed in November 2007, the DRC was supposed to forcefully
disarm and regroup the combatants for possible repatriation or
relocation for those unwilling to return to Rwanda. The idea of relocation in the DRC did not go down well with the DRC’s Special Envoy to the talks, Ambassador Seraphin N’gwej. In
a JMG meeting held in Gisenyi on June 4, N’gwej was quoted in the
minutes of the meeting saying that “... relocation of members of the
Rwandan armed groups would meet with considerable resistance in the
communities in which they would be located; this would require some
form of compensation for the communities affected, even if relocation
would be of a temporary nature.” Observers say the Nairobi
Communiqué as well as other numerous agreements to end the conflict in
the eastern DRC will remain a dead letter as long as there is no
political will on the side of the DRC, and its continuous dependence on
the FDLR to fight its wars. Ends



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