Didier Reynders pleased with the planned disarmament and demobilisation of the M23 militia

date: 13 December 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the terms for the disarmament and demobilisation of the M23 militia group in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been signed in Nairobi, Kenya.

The M23 militia has undertaken to put a definitive end to its participation in armed conflict. In exchange, the government of the DRC will not pursue the members of the M23 for their insurrection. However, the rebels will not go unpunished for their crimes against humanity, war crimes, and for the sexual violence they have inflicted.

Minister Reynders is also pleased that the M23 rebels will not be allowed back into the army of the DRC. He believes that by allowing undisciplined people back into the army it will once again face discipline-related issues. Didier Reynders also believes that it is a good thing that an end has finally come to the habit of allowing former rebels back into the army.

The minister hopes that the rule of law can be reinstated and that the situation in the east of the DRC will remain stable. In this context it is also encouraging that fighters are deserting other armed groups and that operations are taking place against the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda).

Didier Reynders applauds the efforts being made in the region under the leadership of Uganda. Further to discussions having taken place previously in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, the efforts made have contributed to achieving this positive outcome.