Now that the Luanda meeting has happened and the Rwandan and the Congolese leaders have met and spoken, it is upon the Congolese President to show responsibility to implement his obligations, to enable peace to prevail in Eastern Congo.
Some negativists push the disinformation that President Kagame’s presence at the meeting in Angola was “evidence that Rwanda supports M23 rebels.” But Rwanda’s role at the meeting is mainly three-fold. As a statesman who values peace, President Kagame wanted to seize the opportunity to ask his counterpart to stop the provocative conduct such as when FARDC – who fight alongside the terrorist and genocidal FDLR – fired shells into Rwanda.
Second, the issue of FDLR – which should have been laid to rest a long time ago through repatriation to Rwanda either for reintegration or to face the law for crimes against humanity – still is a problem because Tshisekedi and his regime are allied to FDLR.
Third, the meeting was initiated by the AU through the ICGLR, and the idea was supported by the UNSC and other international actors.
President Kagame attended the meeting out of courtesy to the international community. Whatever the lies of the negativists, M23 is nothing to do with Rwanda, but an internal Congolese matter that the Congolese government should sort. Instead, the failed Tshisekedi regime only plays blame games, scapegoating Rwanda for its incompetence and failures to sort Congolese problems.
Early indications are that, as usual, Congolese rulers went to the meeting with the determination to maintain their lies. While Congolese would like to hoodwink the world that “the cause of conflict in their country is their natural resources,” but the question is, why have they miserably failed to provide leadership, to develop their country with their resources?
It is due to weak leadership that genocide perpetrators have been allowed to find permanent operational bases in Congo, and even reintegrated into the FARDC (DRC military). Due to this weak leadership, the Tshisekedi regime seems to deny Kinyarwanda-speaking Tutsi Congolese their lawful nationality, just because of who they are. The Congolese authorities know the root cause of their problems very well.
They choose whining and scapegoating others instead, at the expense of the security of the entire region.