EU condemns RCD-Goma's offensives in DR Congo

Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has hailed the progress made by its military contingent in stopping the ethnic violence in Bunia City in northeaster DR Congo.
The EU has dubbed the exercise to pacify warring ethnic militias in Bunia City as Operation Armetis.
As a result of the French-led troops' work, the EU noted that there were no arms visible in the city streets of Bunia since 24 June.
However, Brussels strongly condemned the recent military clashes in North-Kivu, and particularly the offensives carried out by the Rwanda-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD-Goma), which it said constituted a serious violation of the cease-fire and a threat to the political process in DR Congo.
To this end, the Europeans recalled the signing on 19 June of the Bujumbura accord by the DRC government, RCD-Goma and RCD-Liberation Movement.
The EU urged signatories to the accord to implement it as soon as possible and without any further conditions.
Renewing its urgent appeal to governments of DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda to refrain from destabilising further the situation in North-Kivu, the 15-nation grouping appealed to all parties to respect the Lusaka, Luanda and Pretoria accords as well as the withdrawal plans of Kampala and Harare from the country.
For the Europeans, the concerned governments should use their influence on their armed allies to bring them to respect the accords, fully cooperate with the UN Observation Mission to DRC (MONUC) and guarantee humanitarian organisations' access to the populations.

28 june 2003 10:19:00

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