Sabahi (Washington, DC)

5 May 2013

Tanzanian Parliament Threatened Over DRC Conflict

Kigoma North lawmaker Kabwe Zuberi Zitto told parliament on Saturday (May 4th) that he received a letter from the March 23rd Movement (M23) rebel group, warning Tanzania against sending its troops into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on a planned United Nations intervention brigade.

"I have received the warning letter from M23 ... . The same letter was addressed to the parliament, threatening us so that we do not perform national duties," he said, according to Tanzania's The Guardian.

Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Bernard Membe acknowledged receipt of the letter and said it would not dissuade Tanzania from sending its troops.

"I would like to let Tanzanians and the international community understand that we are not going to [DRC] to fight," he said. "We are going there for peace-keeping mission, including restoring order where there is chaos."

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