Kinshasa says it won’t settle for the participation of Rwandan troops in any regional drive to combat the M23 rebels.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed Kenya’s proposal to deploy a regional drive to combat the M23 insurgent group within the east of the nation, however mentioned it received’t settle for neighbour Rwanda’s participation.
Navy chiefs from seven East African international locations are assembly in Nairobi on Sunday, to debate the rising tensions between the 2 neighbours.
It’s the newest escalation within the row between the 2 nations, which have a decades-long historical past of fraught ties and have lately seen sporadic clashes on their shared border.
Kinshasa accuses Kigali of backing the rebels. Rwanda denies DRC’s allegations that it has despatched troops into jap DRC or that it helps the M23 rebels, whose management hails from the identical Tutsi ethnic group as Rwanda President Paul Kagame.
On Friday, DRC closed its border with Rwanda after a Congolese soldier was shot lifeless whereas attacking border guards inside Rwandan territory.
Two Rwandan law enforcement officials have been injured when the Congolese soldier crossed the border and opened hearth, earlier than an officer on obligation fired again and killed him 25 metres inside Rwanda, the Rwandan navy mentioned in a press release.
The M23 is the most recent in a collection of ethnic Tutsi-led insurgent teams to stand up towards DRC forces, claiming to defend Tutsi pursuits towards ethnic Hutu armed teams.
The simmering dispute has precipitated relations between the 2 states to bitter. On the finish of Might, tons of of Congolese attended an anti-Rwanda protest in Kinshasa.