8 January 2013

Congo-Kinshasa: Rep. Karen Bass Statement in Reaction to Rebels Declaring a Ceasefire

press release

Photo: Kate Holt/IRIN
Displaced families find shelter at an orphanage in Goma,two days after M23 rebels claimed control of the city (file photo).

Washington D.C. — Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking of Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights issued the following statement today in reaction to Congolese rebels declaring a unilateral ceasefire in the Democratic Republic of Congo:

"I'm cautiously optimistic after hearing of a ceasefire in the DRC but as is often the case with these situations we must wait to see if the peace will hold. A long term solution is needed where we see an end to the recruitment of child soldiers, those who have committed human rights abuses brought to justice and a cessation of activities that do not respect the territorial integrity of the DRC. Only then will we see a lasting peace."

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