The European Union and Canada have affirmed their commitment to support the great lakes regional efforts to bring sanity to eastern Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) which has been severely hit by increasing insecurity scenario since April 2012.
The insecurity threats caused by rebels groups in the region, have resulted to thousands of Congolese refugees fleeing the Congo into Rwanda and Uganda, and while some cases of civilians killed in the process have been reported by the UN and human rights organizations.
One of the rebel groups - FDLR is largely composed of militia and former Rwandan defunct soldiers (ex-FAR) responsible for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and has been accused of the atrocities against civilian populations in eastern DRC. However more than 400 FDLR combatants have managed to desert and returned to Rwanda since last year.
On behalf of the European Union, Catherine Ashton, said on June 7 said that the EU's firm commitment to fighting impunity and the need to bring perpetrators of crime to justice.
"The current developments require the attention of all countries in the region. Recent cooperation between Rwanda and the DRC on this matter is necessary and positive," Ashton said in a statement.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird said that Canada is 'deeply concerned' by the deteriorating security situation in eastern DRC and its alarming impact on innocent civilians.
Government officials from Rwanda and Congo have held various meeting in relationship to this insurgency and have called for combined efforts to take immediate action to bring an end to the rebel activities along both borders.