ARTICLES RELATING TO M23

African rivalries weaken UN hand against rebels in DRC

2014-10-22 12:38

Hundreds of Rwandan rebels in eastern DRC are defying a six month ultimatum to disarm, ratcheting up pressure on the UN peacekeepers to eliminate, a force at the heart of two decades of conflict.

US warns DRC rebels of military action

2014-08-05 22:17

The United States has warned that the last major illegal armed group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo must surrender in "significant" numbers soon or face military action to eliminate it.

UN to slap sanctions on Ugandan rebels in DRC

2014-07-02 07:35

The UN Security Council has decided to slap sanctions on Ugandan rebels who are active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, diplomats say.

Rwanda, DRC trade blame for heavy fighting

2014-06-12 10:13

The Rwandan and Congolese governments have blamed each other for an outbreak of heavy fighting on the border between the two neighbours, which are locked in a decades-long conflict.

Kerry embarks on major Africa tour

2014-04-30 07:48

US Secretary of State John Kerry has embarked on his first major tour of Africa focussed on some of the continent’s most brutal wars including the bloodshed in South Sudan.

Rwandan Hutu rebels attacked in DRC

2014-03-13 07:41

The UN peacekeepers in DRC and government forces have attacked Rwandan Hutu rebels based in eastern borderlands, officials say.

UN targets wildlife traders in Africa sanctions

2014-01-31 12:04

The UN Security Council has targeted illegal wildlife traffickers for sanctions in a pair of resolutions against African armed groups, a step conservationists called unprecedented.

Rwanda rejects UN report on rebel group

2014-01-24 10:24

Rwanda has denied the UN experts’ allegations that a Congolese rebel group is recruiting inside its borders, trying to regroup in violation of a peace agreement reached last month.

DRC's defeated M23 rebels active again

2014-01-14 09:09

The top UN envoy in DRC says there are "credible reports" that the M23 rebel group is recruiting fighters and resuming activities despite last month’s peace agreement with the government.

DRC, M23 rebels sign peace deal

2013-12-13 09:17

DRC and the so-called M23 rebels have signed a peace agreement that will see the insurgent group demobilise its fighters and transform itself into a political party.

UN troops launch offensive against FDLR in DRC

2013-12-11 14:46

The UN peacekeeping troops in DRC have launched an offensive against Rwandan ethnic Hutu rebels operating in the eastern part of the country, the UN says.

Fight against M23 rebels not over - Kabila

2013-12-02 08:40

President Joseph Kabila of the DRC says the fight against insurgents in the country’s conflict-torn east is not over despite the recent defeat of the M23 rebels.

Over 900 killed in DRC fighting since May

2013-11-25 22:15

Fighting between DR Congo's military and M23 rebels killed more than 900 combatants in the country's restive east before the insurgents were routed.

DRC needs rebel reintegration plan – UN

2013-11-14 07:34

The DRC needs a plan to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate ex-rebels, the UN says, a week after helping the army defeat the 18-month-old M23 insurgency.

M23 Congo rebels could regroup

2013-11-12 16:15

A Ugandan official has warned the DRC that Congolese rebels could regroup after the delay in agreeing to a peace accord.

M23 rebel chief not under arrest – Uganda

2013-11-12 13:25

Uganda says the military commander of DRC’s M23 rebels "is not a prisoner" in Uganda and may only be handed over to Congolese authorities after a final peace accord has been signed.

DRC, M23 rebels fail to sign

2013-11-11 23:09

The Democratic Republic of Congo and defeated M23 rebels have failed to sign a peace deal hoped to be a key step in ending decades of war.

DRC deal 'a very important step for peace'

2013-11-11 07:40

A deal set to be signed between the DRC and defeated M23 rebels is "a very important step for peace" in the war-torn Great Lakes region, the UN says.

Uganda won't hand over fleeing M23 rebels to DRC

2013-11-08 11:37

Uganda will not hand over to the DRC M23 rebels who fled after a resounding military defeat, the spokesperson for the army and the defence ministry say.

DRC M23 rebel commander held in Uganda

2013-11-07 13:25

The military commander of DRC's defeated M23 rebel movement, Sultani Makenga, has surrendered and is being held in Uganda at an undisclosed location, a senior Ugandan military officer says.

DRC fight to focus on other groups

2013-11-06 18:52

The DR Congo UN chief says the fight will now focus on other armed groups after M23's demise.

DRC assault quashes M23 rebellion

2013-11-05 20:36

Rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are laying down arms after a crushing UN-backed offensive handed Kinshasa its biggest military victory in half a century.

DRC army, rebels clash near border

2013-11-04 21:44

DRC troops and M23 rebels have bombarded each other near the Ugandan border as international envoys called on both sides to cease fire.

DRC pounds rebels despite truce call

2013-11-04 11:56

Democratic Republic of Congo's army has pounded the remaining hilltop positions of M23 rebels in the country's troubled east despite a truce call by the beleaguered insurgents.

DRC's M23 rebels declare ceasefire

2013-11-03 17:55

Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebels have declared a ceasefire in their fight with the army, in a move they hope will advance peace talks with the government.

 

DRC army accused of executing PoWs

2014-08-18 18:55

Former rebels beaten last November by government and UN troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have accused the army of executing 10 prisoners of war.

DRC: Peacekeepers regret failing to stop massacre

2014-07-04 10:04

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC says he is sorry his forces reacted too slowly to prevent a massacre in the east of the country in June.

Africa's oldest nature park counts on sustainability

2014-06-30 12:25

People living in and around Africa's oldest wildlife reserve - Virunga National Park - threatened by armed groups and oil prospectors, are pinning their hopes on sustainable development projects.

DRC rebels sign amnesty to end fighting

2014-05-06 21:27

Defeated DRC rebels who fled to Uganda have signed amnesty papers vowing not to fight again, a leader of the group says, marking a key step in peace efforts.

DRC grants 1st batch of amnesties to ex-rebels

2014-04-22 08:40

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced the first batch of former rebels who will receive an amnesty adopted earlier this year.

DRC close to defeating Ugandan Islamist rebels

2014-03-04 09:04

A UN-backed offensive by DRC troops has destroyed the bases of a Ugandan Islamist group in the country’s east and should crush the rebels in the next few days, an army spokesperson says.

Rwanda calls DRC 'cry baby' at UN

2014-01-31 07:53

The UN Security Council has stressed that rebels must be stopped from regrouping in DRC and expressed concern at Congolese soldiers aiding Rwandan Hutu militia.

DRC's M23 rebels deny UN accusations

2014-01-15 08:32

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebel movement has denied the UN accusations that it is seeking to rebuild from the ashes of its defeat in November.

US hails DRC-M23 deal as step to regional peace

2013-12-13 17:37

The US has hailed the successful conclusion of peace talks between the DRC and M23 rebels as a step towards lasting peace in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

Disarm or else... UN commander warns DRC rebels

2013-12-12 09:14

The commander of the UN peacekeepers in DRC has called a news conference to warn FDLR rebels still seconded in the country’s eastern jungles to put down their arms, or else face an operation to dislodge them.

DRC’s Kabila wants to conclude talks with M23

2013-12-03 12:41

DRC’s president wants talks with rebels in the country’s east concluded as soon as possible, although there is no sign of a breakthrough on the wording of an accord that scuppered a signing last month.

DRC thanks SA for M23 intervention

2013-12-02 07:34

DRC's president Joseph Kabila has thanked South Africa for its role in defeating the M23 rebels in Goma, the department of international relations and co-operation says.

M23 bosses disagree over peace deal - report

2013-11-14 14:40

Leaders of the DRC’s M23 rebel group have reportedly split into two groups amid revelations that some of the rebels are ready to sign a peace deal with the government, a report.

DRC blames Uganda for failed peace talks

2013-11-13 08:54

DRC has quit Ugandan-hosted talks with M23 rebels, saying Kampala's support for insurgents was to blame for the failure to sign a document due to end the central African country's latest rebellion.

DRC, M23 rebel peace talks to continue

2013-11-12 15:00

Peace efforts between DRC and defeated M23 rebels will continue, Uganda's government says, a day after the two sides failed to sign a much hoped for agreement.

Kinshasa committed to peace – DRC minister

2013-11-12 07:55

Despite the failure of talks, DRC’s foreign affairs minister says Kinshasa is committed to peace, although it is not immediately certain what will happen next after the government and the M23 rebels failed to sign a peace deal.

DRC, M23 rebels set to sign peace deal

2013-11-11 14:55

The DRC and defeated M23 rebels are set to sign a peace deal in what the UN hopes will be a key step in efforts to end decades of war in the Great Lakes region.

DRC, M23 rebels to sign peace deal – Uganda

2013-11-08 14:01

The government of the DRC and the defeated M23 rebels are set to sign a peace deal, Uganda says, adding that it will not send the fleeing insurgents back across the border.

1 700 M23 rebels surrender to Uganda

2013-11-07 14:25

At least 1 700 Congolese M23 rebels, including the top commander, have surrendered to Uganda authorities following their defeat by Congolese troops, a Ugandan military official says.

DRC army savour victory in former M23 stronghold

2013-11-07 07:39

The heavily-guarded base of the defeated M23 rebels once lay among the gentle slopes of Chanzu, but is now a mess of stolen weapons, burning vehicles and Rwandan materiel.

US welcomes end of DRC's M23 rebellion

2013-11-06 08:01

The US has hailed the surrender of rebels in the DRC’s powder keg east. The rebels ended their 18-month insurgency in a region that has seen some of Africa's deadliest conflicts.

DRC M23 rebels end rebellion, say ready to disarm

2013-11-05 12:38

DRC's M23 rebel group has declared an end to its 20-month rebellion and says it is ready to disarm and demobilise troops and pursue a political solution to end the crisis in the east of the country.

UN brigade fighting against DRC rebels

2013-11-04 21:44

The UN special force deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo has begun firing mortar rounds at M23 rebels, as they joined in a major assault by the Congolese army to wipe out the rebellion.

Leader of beleaguered DRC rebels calls for truce

2013-11-04 07:46

The leader of DRC's M23 rebels has called for a ceasefire as government troops waged an offensive against the die-hard fighters in the country’s troubled east.

US envoy seeks 'semi-permanent' DRC talks

2013-11-01 12:18

A US envoy has called for "semi-permanent" peace talks on the DRC, saying that the world needs to do more after the end of the M23 rebellion.

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