Kinshasa - DRC's M23 rebels will send a delegation this
weekend to resume peace talks with the government that were suspended in early
May, a senior official said on Wednesday.
"The M23... confirms that its delegation will go to
Kampala this Sunday June 9 in order to continue the dialogue," Bertrand
Bisimwa, the political head of the rebel movement, said in a statement.
Bisimwa said the decision was an outcome of a regional tour
in late May by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his special envoy for the
central African Great Lakes region, Mary Robinson, who visited the DRC, Rwanda
The senior UN officials called for "a political
solution that would resolve the underlying causes of the crisis in the east of
the DRC", Bisimwa added.
M23 has been active in North Kivu province since May 2012.
The uprising began with a mutiny by former rebels who had become part of the
national army, but last year accused the Kinshasa government of failing to
abide by a peace pact signed on March 23, 2009.
Talks to end the crisis began between the two sides at the
beginning of December in the Ugandan capital Kampala, but on May 2, the rebels
suspended their participation in the peace process, demanding that the DRC
government sign a ceasefire.
The movement's announcement that it wants to resume talks
came as a UN intervention brigade with a Security Council mandate to take the
offensive against rebel forces pursued its deployment in Goma, chief town of
the mineral-rich and unstable North Kivu province.
The brigade of soldiers from South Africa, Tanzania and
Malawi will comprise about 3 000 men at full strength and has a tougher brief
than the current UN mission in the DRC, Monusco, which is limited to a
defensive mandate to protect civilians.
M23 seized Goma in an offensive that started last November
20, but the rebels withdrew on December 1. The UN experts accuse Rwanda and
Uganda of supporting the rebels - a claim denied by both neighbouring