Bunagana, May 1st, 2013
Réf : 021/Prés-M23/2013
To His Excellency YOWERI MUSEVENI KAGUTA, President of Republic of Uganda, Chairman of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region “ICGLR” and Mediator of the negotiations between the DRC government and M23
Re: Ceasefire Agreement
Your Excellency, Mr President,
We, at M23, are honored to inform you that we still have hope in peace through the negotiations taking place in Kampala.
Since December, 2012 on the request of the international community represented by the International Conference of Great Lakes Region, we submitted ourselves to all requests from the ICGLR, for instance we withdrew from Goma while we were militarily stronger than the DRC Army and we signed the unilateral ceasefire while the DRC government refused to do so. We maintained our military positions as it was requested and we humbly accepted all the demands which allowed the progress in the negotiations today, it’s during the Kampala negotiations period that the DRC government went to the UN seeking for the resolution 2098.
At this moment while we are still in negotiations, the DRC Army in coalition with the FDLR have left their positions, crossed over and took our positions in Mabenga. Others came from Tongo through the Virunga national Park where they are preparing to attack ours positions in Rutshuru territory.
In Kanyarutshina, the DRC Army in coalition with MONUSCO peace keepers took our positions, which consequently shows that the DRC government is preparing war against us. This is why we at M23, are requesting to the DRC government to sign the ceasefire agreement and to release all our members kept in prison in Kinshasa as a proof of willingness to pursue with negotiations.
We are convinced that the ceasefire agreement will bring in the end of the war and allow peaceful negotiations to take place.
We believe that the efforts made by the mediator and the ICGLR would not be taken in vain by the DRC government and we thank you for all.
– Heads of States of ICGLR;
– His Excellence The Facilitator of Talks between M23 and The DRC’s Government;