President Ruto calls for a lasting solution to the DRC conflict

President Ruto in the US [Photo: Citizen TV]

President William Ruto says the East African Community seeks to find a lasting solution to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) conflict.

Speaking during a meeting with some African heads of states in the US, he noted that the region cannot allow the situation to get worse than it is currently.

Leaders present included; Presidents Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Suluhu Samia of Tanzania, among others.

“It is in our interest as a region to find a lasting solution to the current instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We cannot allow the situation to get worse. That is why we encourage dialogue and cessation of hostilities even as we push for a lasting solution,” said Ruto.

In the conflict, the DRC government has been fighting M23 rebels.

The M23 is waging its most serious offensive in eastern DRC since 2012, further destabilizing an area where multiple armed groups have wrangled over land and resources for decades.

The fighting has seen thousands have been displaced in recent weeks as DRC’s army has struggled to stop the M23’s advance. Many have sought refuge in and around Goma.

The DRC government claims the rebels are backed by the Rwandese government, however Rwanda has denied the allegations.

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