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FDLR Memorandum addressed to the President of the Security Council of the United Nations

Posted by rwandaonline on April 4, 2009

FDLR Memorandum addressed to the President of the Security Council of the United Nations on the war waged by the RPA / FARDC coalition in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mr President,

The FDLR Leader Dr.Ignace Murwanashyaka

The FDLR Leader Dr.Ignace Murwanashyaka

The Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) are pleased to send you this note to request your intervention on behalf of a political solution to put an end to the unnecessary, senseless and unjust war that the Rwandan and Congolese armies have decided to impose to populations living in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) so that this war may be condemned and stopped before a humanitarian catastrophe decimate again innocent people of the African Great Lakes region, a region that has already paid in the past heavy price in hegemonic wars imposed by the Kigali regime and its sponsors.

 

 

Mr President,

Since January 20, 2009 , the coalition of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) with the support of the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) is currently conducting an unjust and senseless war in the east of the DRC against what the coalition calls armed groups but apparently on the ground, this war is waged against the FDLR, any Rwandan Hutu refugee in DRC and against any person suspected by the coalition of sympathizing with the FDLR.

The FDLR remain convinced that this war is senseless and useless because since its creation on May 1st, 2000, our Organization has repeatedly called the Kigali regime and the International Community to privilege a peaceful process to resolve the political problem of Rwanda which is the basis of the presence of their members in eastern DRC, the existence of several thousands of Rwandan refugees and opponents to the current regime in Kigali of all ethnicities scattered throughout the world, but with the deep aspiration to return and live in dignity and peace in their homeland.

Mr President,

This war which is waged not only against the FDLR, but also against indigenous Congolese populations and Rwandan Hutu refugees located in the DRC, is unfair because it ignored all offers of peace made by the FDLR to the Kigali regime and the principles of the Universal Human Rights Declaration. The RPA/FARDC coalition tramples international humanitarian law, and practices a manhunt of Rwandan Hutu throughout the territory of the DRC as hunting game. The crimes that the RPA/FARDC coalition is committing are neither more nor less than a genocide against the Hutu ethnic group. The FDLR declare that sooner or later the perpetrators of such crimes must answer before justice for their crimes.

This war is senseless, because it aims at maintaining by force of arms, a dictatorial, hegemonic, ruthless and unpopular regime already imposed on the peoples of the African Great Lakes region, especially the people of Rwanda .

Contrary to the propaganda of the armed RPA/FARDC coalition, this war is not a defensive war but a war of aggression and prevention, and aims at militarily destroying the political opponent of the regime in Kigali i.e. the FDLR while since their inception, the organization has never carried out attacks against Rwanda, but it has always requested that an inter-Rwandan dialogue be held to peacefully resolve the political problem of Rwanda. The FDLR have repeatedly expressed their desire to return peacefully and with dignity in their country without any drop of blood is lost.

By taking responsibility for starting this war, the Kigali regime and the Congolese authorities should be prepared to assume all the consequences that will result from that act and take subsequent responsibility. The same is true of MONUC that loud and clear through the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the DRC, Mr. Alan Doss, has welcomed this dirty and deadly war in which its forces are actively fighting alongside the coalition troops.

The militaristic approach which consists in trying at all costs to solve a political problem by giving to the Rwandan regime a blank check to destroy an opposition whose claim is the right to participate actively in the management of their country, the search for truth about the Rwandan tragedy, the bringing to book of all the perpetrators of the Rwandan tragedy, including members of the current regime in Kigali, is false, unjust and unsustainable.

The FDLR urge the Security Council of the United Nations to openly disavow this militaristic and bloodthirsty approach, unequivocally condemn and take sanctions against warmongers in the African Great Lakes region.

Mr President,

On many occasions the FDLR have sent a cry of alarm about the plight faced by the Rwandan refugees and the ravages of war. They have often alerted the International Community of the danger of another war in the African Great Lakes region and its consequences. Unfortunately, this cry has never met a single ear.

Will one wait until there is a million displaced in North Kivu as it was the case in Nyacyonga, near Kigali , Rwanda in late 1993-early 1994 for the International Community to open its eyes to the plight of Rwandan refugees in the DRC and the Congolese people in Kivu?

Will one wait until some other 5 million Congolese people die so that the Security Council of the United Nations may act?

It’s time to act to protect Rwandan refugees in eastern DRC and the Congolese populations living in the area. The silence and the inaction of the UN, African Union and European Union are not likely to reassure the people of the region.

Mr President,

The FDLR remind you that they have sent several letters and memoranda to officials of the United Nations without ever having a reply, and they especially draw your attention to the memorandum they sent on 21 September 2007 to the UN Security Council (a copy is annexed to the present), whose content remains valid.

The FDLR take this opportunity to reiterate their desire to return immediately, with dignity and peacefully in their country and ask the Security Council of the United Nations to support any initiative aimed at establishing a framework of direct talks between the FDLR and the regime in Kigali .

Done in Berlin on February 18, 2009

 

Dr. Ignace Murwanashyaka

President of the FDLR.

CC:

Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secrétaire-Général de l’ONU,

Heads of States Members of the UN Security Council (ALL),

Col. Mouammar Kaddafi,  Chairman of the African Union

M. the Chairman of the European Union

Heads of States members of the Conference on the African Great Lakes Region (ALL)

Mr. Jean PING, Chairman of the African Commission

Mr. José Manuel Barroso, Chairman of the European Commission

 

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FDLR Memorandum addressed to the President of the Security Council of the United Nations

Posted by rwandaonline on April 4, 2009

FDLR Memorandum addressed to the President of the Security Council of the United Nations on the war waged by the RPA / FARDC coalition in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Mr President,
The Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) are pleased to send you this note to request your intervention on behalf of a political solution to put an end to the unnecessary, senseless and unjust war that the Rwandan and Congolese armies have decided to impose to populations living in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) so that this war may be condemned and stopped before a humanitarian catastrophe decimate again innocent people of the African Great Lakes region, a region that has already paid in the past heavy price in hegemonic wars imposed by the Kigali regime and its sponsors.
Mr President,
Since January 20, 2009 , the coalition of the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) with the support of the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) is currently conducting an unjust and senseless war in the east of the DRC against what the coalition calls armed groups but apparently on the ground, this war is waged against the FDLR, any Rwandan Hutu refugee in DRC and against any person suspected by the coalition of sympathizing with the FDLR.
The FDLR remain convinced that this war is senseless and useless because since its creation on May 1st, 2000, our Organization has repeatedly called the Kigali regime and the International Community to privilege a peaceful process to resolve the political problem of Rwanda which is the basis of the presence of their members in eastern DRC, the existence of several thousands of Rwandan refugees and opponents to the current regime in Kigali of all ethnicities scattered throughout the world, but with the deep aspiration to return and live in dignity and peace in their homeland.
Mr President,
This war which is waged not only against the FDLR, but also against indigenous Congolese populations and Rwandan Hutu refugees located in the DRC, is unfair because it ignored all offers of peace made by the FDLR to the Kigali regime and the principles of the Universal Human Rights Declaration. The RPA/FARDC coalition tramples international humanitarian law, and practices a manhunt of Rwandan Hutu throughout the territory of the DRC as hunting game. The crimes that the RPA/FARDC coalition is committing are neither more nor less than a genocide against the Hutu ethnic group. The FDLR declare that sooner or later the perpetrators of such crimes must answer before justice for their crimes.
This war is senseless, because it aims at maintaining by force of arms, a dictatorial, hegemonic, ruthless and unpopular regime already imposed on the peoples of the African Great Lakes region, especially the people of Rwanda .
Contrary to the propaganda of the armed RPA/FARDC coalition, this war is not a defensive war but a war of aggression and prevention, and aims at militarily destroying the political opponent of the regime in Kigali i.e. the FDLR while since their inception, the organization has never carried out attacks against Rwanda, but it has always requested that an inter-Rwandan dialogue be held to peacefully resolve the political problem of Rwanda. The FDLR have repeatedly expressed their desire to return peacefully and with dignity in their country without any drop of blood is lost.
By taking responsibility for starting this war, the Kigali regime and the Congolese authorities should be prepared to assume all the consequences that will result from that act and take subsequent responsibility. The same is true of MONUC that loud and clear through the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the DRC, Mr. Alan Doss, has welcomed this dirty and deadly war in which its forces are actively fighting alongside the coalition troops.
The militaristic approach which consists in trying at all costs to solve a political problem by giving to the Rwandan regime a blank check to destroy an opposition whose claim is the right to participate actively in the management of their country, the search for truth about the Rwandan tragedy, the bringing to book of all the perpetrators of the Rwandan tragedy, including members of the current regime in Kigali, is false, unjust and unsustainable.
The FDLR urge the Security Council of the United Nations to openly disavow this militaristic and bloodthirsty approach, unequivocally condemn and take sanctions against warmongers in the African Great Lakes region.
Mr President,
On many occasions the FDLR have sent a cry of alarm about the plight faced by the Rwandan refugees and the ravages of war. They have often alerted the International Community of the danger of another war in the African Great Lakes region and its consequences. Unfortunately, this cry has never met a single ear.
Will one wait until there is a million displaced in North Kivu as it was the case in Nyacyonga, near Kigali , Rwanda in late 1993-early 1994 for the International Community to open its eyes to the plight of Rwandan refugees in the DRC and the Congolese people in Kivu?
Will one wait until some other 5 million Congolese people die so that the Security Council of the United Nations may act?
It’s time to act to protect Rwandan refugees in eastern DRC and the Congolese populations living in the area. The silence and the inaction of the UN, African Union and European Union are not likely to reassure the people of the region.
Mr President,
The FDLR remind you that they have sent several letters and memoranda to officials of the United Nations without ever having a reply, and they especially draw your attention to the memorandum they sent on 21 September 2007 to the UN Security Council (a copy is annexed to the present), whose content remains valid.
The FDLR take this opportunity to reiterate their desire to return immediately, with dignity and peacefully in their country and ask the Security Council of the United Nations to support any initiative aimed at establishing a framework of direct talks between the FDLR and the regime in Kigali .
Done in Berlin on February 18, 2009

Dr. Ignace Murwanashyaka
President of the FDLR.
CC:
Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secrétaire-Général de l’ONU,
Heads of States Members of the UN Security Council (ALL),
Col. Mouammar Kaddafi, Chairman of the African Union
M. the Chairman of the European Union
Heads of States members of the Conference on the African Great Lakes Region (ALL)
Mr. Jean PING, Chairman of the African Commission
Mr. José Manuel Barroso, Chairman of the European Commission

The FDLR Leader Dr. Ignace Murwanashyaka

The FDLR Leader Dr. Ignace Murwanashyaka

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