US Advocates Dialogue Amid M23 Rebel Advance towards Goma City

us advocates dialogue amid m23 rebel advance towards goma city
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As M23 rebels advance towards the eastern city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the United States is pushing for dialogue between the Congolese government and armed groups. Despite efforts by the Congolese army, with support from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) forces, the success on the ground remains minimal.

Matthew Miller, spokesperson for the US State Department, stated that Secretary of State Antony Blinken has engaged with former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to facilitate a pathway to reconciliation with armed groups. This call for dialogue underscores the importance of the Nairobi process and regional leaders’ assistance in resolving the conflict.

However, the Congolese government has been resistant to engaging in dialogue with the M23 rebels. Previous attempts by the East African Community to establish dialogue under the Nairobi Process have been unsuccessful. President Felix Tshisekedi’s administration has designated M23 and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) as terrorist organizations.

Furthermore, President Tshisekedi has accused Rwandan President Paul Kagame of supporting the Tutsi-dominated M23 rebels, an allegation denied by Kagame. The Congolese legislature has also insisted that dialogue with the M23 rebels can only occur if they disarm and are relocated in eastern DRC.

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