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M23 rebels say Rwanda-DR Congo ceasefire deal doesn’t affect them

On Thursday, the rebel group announced that it was not concerned with the call for a ceasefire in Luanda and called for a “direct dialogue” with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, because it does not was not present during the Luanda mini-summit.

On Thursday, the M23 rebel group said it was “not concerned” about the joint mini-summit in Luanda, Angola, where leaders from the East African region asked the group rebel to stop the attacks and withdraw from the conquered areas.

It was the first ever joint “mini” summit between the East African Community and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Luanda, to focus on the Congolese crisis.

“The M23 saw the document on social networks (…) There was no one at the top (of the M23) so it doesn’t really concern us,” political spokesman Lawrence Kanyuka told AFP. of the M23 movement.

“Normally, when there is a ceasefire, it is between the two warring parties,” he added.

The Luanda summit ended with the decision to cease hostilities in the DRC from Friday evening by disarming and cantonment of the M23 in Congolese territory under the control of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC).

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