The Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday announced an agreement was reached for an “immediate ceasefire” from Friday at 6 p.m. in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at the end of a mini-summit in Luanda.
Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi met with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta, in the absence of President Paul Kagame, to try to end the recent tensions in eastern DRC after the failure of a cease-fire agreement reached in July.
Minister Tete Antonio, at the end of the meeting said the parties also agreed to demand “the immediate withdrawal of the M23 rebels from the occupied areas. The delegations were received by Angolan President and African Union-appointed mediator Joao Lourenço.
The eastern DRC has been plagued for nearly 30 years by violence from armed groups, many of them inherited from wars that bloodied the region in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
DRC accusing its much smaller neighbor Rwanda of backing the M23, something those UN experts and U.S officials have also pointed to in recent months.
Kenya’s former leader Uhuru Kenyatta has been attempting to mediate over recent weeks, saying Rwandan President Paul Kagame is ready to encourage the militia to cease fire and pull back from captured territory.