Delayed talks frustrating M23 rebels
Posted Wednesday, February 6 2013 at 02:00
The M23 rebel group yesterday said the “continuous” delay to conclude the negotiations was “deplorable”. In a statement issued by the legal adviser of the movement, Mr Jean Bapististe Rudaseswa, they said there are attempts by the Kinshasa government to convince some M23 rebels to quit the rebellion.
The negotiations started in December but the two warring parties spent most of the time discussing rules of procedure.
Last week, Mr Rudaseswa alleged that the process was marred with corruption but said the facilitator, Dr Crispus Kiyonga, was not involved.
“We would like to make it clear that it is not the case of M23 that Kiyonga is corrupt. The stand of M23 is that it is deploring delaying tactics of the government’s side and corruption and various attempts to convince people to leave M23 in exchange of money and other promises,” he said.
Two weeks ago, the Congo government and the M23 formed committees to discuss the proposed review of the March 23 agreement. Dr Kiyonga said both teams were supposed to adopt the first cluster of the items yesterday and later address journalists but the press conference was cancelled.