US News Eastern DRC: the main Burundian rebellion dislodged from its stronghold by the army

12:55  26 october  2020
12:55  26 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Residents say the army is focusing its efforts on the wrong areas. The rebel militia has been present in the DRC since 1995, following the end of the Rwandan civil war. Since then, they have been accused of killing hundreds or even thousands of civilians in the Beni region in just the past five years.

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The Congolese army has announced that it has dislodged from its stronghold in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo the main Burundian rebellion of the "National Liberation Forces" of Burundi (FNL) after three days of intense fighting, according to a press release reached AFP on Monday.

"The FARDC (Armed Forces of the DRC) dislodged and recovered the headquarters of the Burundian rebels FNL (National Liberation Forces (of Burundi) led by Aloise Nzabampema", writes Captain Dieudonné Kasereka, army spokesman in South Kivu (east).

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On July 30, 2006, the DRC held its first presidential and parliamentary multi-party elections in The CNDP claims that its main objective was to protect the Tutsi population in eastern Congo and The FDLR forces were also dislodged from their stronghold in north Kivu, although some have returned

Eastern Congo has been in a state of chaos for over a decade. The first rebellion to oust the late President The FDLR forces were also dislodged from their stronghold in north Kivu and forced to retreat. On July 30, 2006, the DRC held its first presidential and parliamentary multi-party elections

The FNL are considered to be the main Burundian rebellion present in eastern DRC.

The Congolese army claims, in the same statement, to also fight against Burundian rebels of the CNRD (Conseil National for Renewal and Democracy), of which a residual group is still active in two localities of the Ruzizi plain (South Kivu), according to the army.

The results of all these clashes between the army and groups Burundian rebels report "27 enemies neutralized" (killed), several weapons and ammunition recovered and three FARDC soldiers fell on the field of honor, four others wounded, "the statement said.

The army indicates that" these enemies of peace are in disarray v to the forests of Muranvia, Nyaburunda, Kashongo and the valley Nyanzale Rudaga ".

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The fight against entrenched armed groups in eastern Congo such as the ADF-Nalu needs to switch from a military to an intelligence-based approach. The Kipushi mine community outreach office deferred questions to the main office, operating outside the DRC , which did not respond to

armed group. Initiatives by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and other international and regional partners helped to sustain a continuing regional political dialogue, but confidence between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda deteriorated.

The Congolese army launched "large-scale operations" against three Burundian rebel groups the FNL, the CNRD and Red Tabara which claimed several attacks on Burundian territory which in September left dozens of deaths among the forces of Burundian security.

At the beginning of October, the Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs Marie Tumba Nzeza was received by the Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye. Burundi boycotted a regional summit of heads of state preferring to deal with security issues bilaterally with the DRC.

The DRC maintains complex relations with its neighbors, in particular Rwanda and Burundi, due to the presence of refugees and rebels from these two countries in eastern Congo, which has been crossed by multiple conflicts for nearly three decades.

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