US Department of State's Statement on the UN Group of Experts' Report on Rwanda's Support to Rebel Group M23 in D.R.Congo

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Author: Victoria Nuland, Department Spokesperson
Category: Press Release Rwanda-D.R. Congo
Date: June 30, 2012
Document Origin: Office of the Spokesperson

Comment: Will the US enforce its Public Law 109-456, "The Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security and Democracy Promotion Act of 2006", Section 105 which says: "The Secretary of State is authorized to withhold assistance made available under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151 et seq.), other than humanitarian, peacekeeping, and counter terrorism assistance, for a foreign country if the Secretary determines that the government of the foreign country is taking actions to destabilize the Democratic Republic of the Congo."

Findings of the Group of Experts

Press Statement

The United States welcomes the release of the findings of the Group of Experts of the UN Security Council’s Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Sanctions Committee. We are deeply concerned about the report’s findings that Rwanda is implicated in the provision of support to Congolese rebel groups, including mutinous elements now operating as the M23 armed group. Any such support threatens to further undermine security and fuel displacement in the region. We are also concerned about the report’s findings that the mutineers have forcibly recruited child soldiers.

Consistent with the UN Security Council’s arms embargo, we have urged all parties to respond constructively to the Group of Experts’ findings and have asked Rwanda to halt and prevent the provision of such support from its territory. We have also urged the DRC and Rwanda to implement the principles of the joint Congolese-Rwandan communiqué issued following the June 19 meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers in Kinshasa. Restraint and dialogue in the context of respect for each other’s sovereignty offer the best opportunity to resume the difficult work of bringing peace and security to the eastern DRC and the broader region.

Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/06/194329.htm