Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi has issued a solemn appeal to armed groups operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to lay down their arms.
The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, has launched a strong appeal to the armed groups that are rampant in the east of the country, urging them to lay down their arms and choose the path of peace. This declaration comes within the framework of a round table aimed at evaluating the state of siege in force for two years in Ituri and North Kivu, two provinces particularly affected by the violence.
During his speech, President Tshisekedi highlighted the scale of insecurity that has plagued the east of the country for nearly three decades, forcing millions of people to flee their homes to escape violence. The regions of Ituri and North Kivu have been the most affected by this persistent turbulence, threatening the very existence of Congolese institutions.
The Head of State justified the extension of the state of siege in these provinces by highlighting the need to restore security and stability. He also presented the disarmament, demobilization, community recovery and stabilization program as an opportunity for a peaceful exit for the rebel groups still active in the country. This initiative, he said, testifies to the Congolese government’s desire to offer a last chance of reintegration to those who choose the path of reconciliation.
President Tshisekedi’s call for armed groups to lay down their arms marks an important step towards finding a peaceful solution to the conflicts that have ravaged eastern DRC for years. While millions of citizens have suffered the devastating consequences of insecurity, this call rings out as a message of hope for a more stable and peaceful future.