In what appears to be a case of "if you can't beat them, join them", the former CNDP soldiers are now engaged with the government in the fight against the FDLR
Indeed, one of the biggest players in the resource war was the FDLR
, which owes its existence to illegal mining.
does a lucrative trade in the illegal mining of resources including tin and gold, according to the report.
The Congolese army, a fractious and dysfunctional force, has not been able to remove the FDLR
nor successfully tackle Nkunda's rebels.
is working with RNC and some of our neighbours.
Local government said these people were killed by knives and guns in their homes by the members of the armed group FDLR
, remnants of the Rwandan Hutu militia responsible for the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.
"The greatest threat to peace and security in the Great Lakes Region remains the FDLR
," Kobler said.
The AU also called for the DRC government to pursue other armed elements roaming in mineral- rich eastern Congo ''Council encourages the DRC armed forces and the Intervention Brigade to pursue and intensify efforts, in order to neutralise other negative forces.'' The AU named what it termed negative forces as, Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR
), the allied Democratic Forces/ National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF/NALU and the Mai Mai militia.
force is expected to take on the ethnic Hutu militia known as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or FDLR
, whose members Rwanda holds responsible for the 1994 genocide.
"There's no timeline for it, but it should start very quickly." Asked if they are satisfied by Rwanda's assurances it is not providing cross-border support to DRC-based M23, the envoys said they raised the issue of support for armed rebel groups -- for M23 as well as Rwandan rebels FDLR
and Ugandan rebels ADF-NALU -- in each capital they visited in the past four days.
The March 23 Movement (M23) and the Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR
) -- their alleged Rwandan allies -- are mainly based in North Kivu province in eastern DRC, where they are accused of serious abuses.
The activities of armed groups, particularly the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR
), the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Mayi Mayi, constitute a major threat to the civilian population especially in the Kivus."