The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, has laid down its weapons and is seeking to negotiate with Rwanda, the group’s president claims.
Major General Victor Byiringiro says he wants the country to become a “true democracy” and for the FDLR to be recognised as an opposition party.
But Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame refuses to hold talks with a group he accuses of committing genocide, and UN peacekeepers in the DR Congo do not believe the group has disarmed.
The FDLR sits at the heart of two decades of war and instability in Democratic Republic of Congo, in which millions of people have died from violence, hunger and disease.
Its presence in eastern Congo remains an irritant to Rwanda’s Tutsi leadership, which has held power since the genocide, and has prompted years of meddling by Kigali in its larger neighbor, fuelling instability and bloodshed. Experts say removing the FDLR is essential for peace in the Great Lakes region.