Democratic Republic of the Congo: 70 armed groups agree to end hostilities in South Kivu
About 70 armed groups active in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have pledged to end hostilities in areas under their control, local media reported on Thursday.
The announcement came on Wednesday at the end of a two-day dialogue held in Muresa, near the city of Bukavu, under the auspices of the Interprovincial Commission to Support the Awareness, Disarmament, Demobilization, and Community Reintegration Process (CIAP-DDRC).
The CIAP-DRRC is an initiative of the Congolese government for the stabilization of the conflict-torn North Kivu and South Kivu provinces.
It was formed after the visit of President Felix Tshisekedi to Bukavu in October 2019.
The disarmament initiative is also backed by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.