Done in Paris on 20 May 2009
Executive Secretary of the FDLR
ON THE OCCASION OF THE VISIT OF A UN SECURITY COUNCIL DELEGATION IN THE DRC AND RWANDA .
The Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda ( FDLR ) welcome the visit of a UN Security Council delegation in the African Great Lakes Region especially in the DRC and Rwanda .
The FDLR seize this opportunity to remind members of this delegation that the Rwandan problem which is the cause of their presence in DRC is a political problem which can be resolved through a frank and direct dialogue between the various Rwandan stakeholders namely the Kigali regime and its opposition.
The FDLR remain convinced that the use of force advocated by some organizations for strategic studies can not resolve the political problem of Rwanda but may cause further humanitarian disasters for which warmongers must be the sole to be held responsible.
The FDLR reaffirm their unequivocal condemnation of the war that the Rwandan-Congolese coalition imposed on a peace-loving peoples of our region through the operation UMOJA WETU and KIMIA II operation under preparation and urge the United Nations Security Council delegation to formally condemn this war which is senseless, unnecessary and deadly, to demand its immediate cessation and not to engage UN troops of MONUC in it.
The FDLR request the UN Security Council not to allow itself to be duped by warmongers and their lobbyists who favour the policy of demonization and exclusion of the FDLR consisting in considering that the latter are demons to be overwhelmed by all means and the Kigali regime is a set of angels who deserve protection of the international community.
The FDLR urge the UN Security Council to seek real solutions for lasting peace and stability in the African Great Lakes region by addressing the fundamental problem rather than implementing solutions based on inadequate schemes for the specific problem of the region.
The FDLR urge the UN Security Council delegation to work towards the creation of a framework for talks which will enable all Rwandan stakeholders to sit together in order to find a definitive solution to the Rwandan crisis which is the source of insecurity prevailing in the African Great Lakes Region especially in the eastern DRC.
The FDLR inform the UN Security Council delegation that they have legitimate reasons that have pushed them to take up arms and urge the UN Security Council to be pragmatic and seek an immediate halt to the ongoing war in DRC and initiate a process of direct talks between the FDLR , the Kigali regime and the regime in Kinshasa under the auspices of the international community to begin real negotiations on their actual return in dignity and security in their country.
The FDLR reiterate their request to the UN Security Council lift immediately and unconditionally all unjust, unnecessary and counter-productive sanctions imposed on their leadership.
The FDLR remain convinced that the surest way to achieve their disarmament does not consist in seeking their neutralization by arms through a war but rather by establishing a political framework and state services in which all Rwandans feel protected, the opening of the Rwandan political space so that all Rwandans who wish, may exercise without hindrance their political activities within the country and the establishment of truly democratic and republican institutions in Rwanda.
The FDLR reiterate their commitment to peace and remain convinced that the war in the African Great Lakes Region can never bring peace but the latter will only be achieved through a frank and direct dialogue between different actors in the regional crisis.
Done in Paris on 18 May 2009