12/04/2005
Press Release
SC/8358


Security Council

5162nd Meeting (PM)


SECURITY COUNCIL WELCOMES COMMITMENT BY FDLR

 

TO RENOUNCE USE OF FORCE AGAINST RWANDA

 


In Presidential Statement, Council Also Calls on FDLR

‘To Turn Their Positive Words into Action’ by Handing over All Arms to UN Mission


The Security Council this morning welcomed the statement issued by the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) in Rome, on 31 March, in which they condemn the 1994 genocide and commit themselves to renounce the use of force and cease all offensive operations against Rwanda.


Through a statement read out by its President, Wang Guangya (China), the Council considered this encouraging statement as a significant opportunity to move towards the return of peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, national reconciliation in Rwanda, and full normalization of relations between the two countries.  It commended the role of independent mediator played by the Sant’Egidio community.


The Council also called on the FDLR to turn their positive words into action and to demonstrate their commitment to peace by immediately handing all their arms to the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) and by taking part in the programme put in place for their earliest voluntary and peaceful return to Rwanda or resettlement, as well as by assisting the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha to fulfil its mandate, particularly with regard to the arrest and transfer to its custody of indictees who remain at large.


In addition, the Council welcomed the Government of Rwanda’s commitment to receive former combatants, and urged it to guarantee the return and reintegration of FDLR members and their dependants to be repatriated.  It recalled the need for an effective programme of reintegration to be quickly implemented with the support of the international community.


The statement issued by the FDLR is annexed to a letter dated 4 April from the Permanent Representative of Rwanda addressed to the Council President (document S/2005/223).


The meeting began at 12:02 p.m. and ended at 12:07 p.m.


Presidential Statement


The full text of the presidential statement, to be issued as S/PRST/2005/15, reads, as follows:


“The Security Council welcomes the statement issued by the Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) in Rome, on 31 March 2005, in which they condemn the 1994 genocide and commit themselves to renounce the use of force and cease all offensive operations against Rwanda.  It considers this encouraging statement as a significant opportunity to move towards the return of peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, national reconciliation in Rwanda, and full normalization of relations between the two countries.  It commends the role of independent mediator played by the Sant’Egidio community.


“The Security Council calls on the FDLR to turn their positive words into action and to demonstrate their commitment to peace by immediately handing all their arms to the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) and by taking part in the programme put in place for their earliest voluntary and peaceful return to Rwanda or resettlement, as well as by assisting the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha to fulfil its mandate, particularly with regard to the arrest and transfer to its custody of indictees who remain at large.


“The Security Council encourages all other armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that have not yet done so to renounce likewise the use of force and to take part without delay in the programmes of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.


“The Security Council urges the Governments of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda to work together, in close cooperation with MONUC, to make use of the chance given to them to contribute to peace and stability in the whole Great Lakes region of Africa.


“The Security Council welcomes the Government of Rwanda’s commitment to receive former combatants, and urges the Government of Rwanda to guarantee the return and reintegration of FDLR members and their dependants to be repatriated, in accordance with applicable standards of international law and with respect for the rights and freedoms of the human being.


“The Security Council recalls the need for an effective programme of reintegration to be quickly implemented with the support as appropriate of the international community.”


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