Southern African bloc renews commitment to fight armed groups in eastern DR Congo.

Southern African leaders reaffirm their commitment to the peacekeeping mission in eastern Congo, despite Rwanda's letter of protest opposing the UN's support for the mission.

Southern African regional leaders on Saturday (23 March), reiterated their commitment to the peacekeeping mission in restive eastern Congo.

They condemned Rwanda‘s letter of protest last month opposing the United Nations’ support for the mission.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) deployed its Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (SAMIDRC) on 15 December to assist the Congolese government in restoring peace and security in the east.

Leaders meeting at a summit in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, on Saturday (23 March) reiterated a commitment from SADC’s mutual defence pact:

“An armed attack against one shall be deemed a threat to regional peace and security,” they said in a statement.

DR Congo is one of the bloc’s 16 members and has been facing violent conflict for more than two years. The armed group M23 (March 23rd Movement) has been fighting with the Congolese army and its allies, which has led to the forced displacement of over 1 million people.

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