M23 Political Leader Bertrand Bisimwa’s letter to Ban Ki Moon

Bunagana, May 22nd 2013
Réf : 027/Prés-M23/2013
RE: Actual situation in the Eastern part of DRC
To the UN Secretary General
New York
Your Excellency,
We are once again honored to write to you about the situation that is taking place in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The military operations which are taking over in the surrounding of Goma are a result of Congolese army working together with his allies FDLR and MAI-MAI armed groups attacking the M23 positions from Monday 20th may, 2013 at 4:30 am.
We would like to see this military hostilities being stopped on both sides as it appears in our letter of 1st May, 2013 addressed to his Excellency MUSEVENI KAGUTA, President of the Republic of Uganda, Mediator of the Kampala peace talks and President of ICGLR, requesting for bilateral cease fire as shows our attached letter. Unfortunately the DRC government consider the Kampala negotiations as an opportunity for a delay, in order to obtain the UN resolution for a militarist option.
We again express our political will to have a bilateral cease fire agreement to bring peace to our people and allow the political dialogue to take over. We want this framework to deal with root causes of this conflict rather than a simple treatment of symptoms as it was recommended by H.E OLOUSSEGUN OBASANJO your Special Envoy in this very matter in the year 2008 – 2009.
We stay convinced that war will never bring sustainable peace in the DRC and want to assure you, that we believe that, the presence of the UN Mission in DRC remains an opportunity in our quest for peace .
Hoping that our correspondence will take your attention, we thank you anticipatively.

Bertrand BISIMWA

– Permanent Members of the Security Council
– President of the African Union
– Heads of State of the CIRGL
– Embassies

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