PRESS RELEASE N ° 05/SE/CD/FEBRUARY/2009 OF THE FDLR
The FDLR warn the United Nations against the fighting of the MONUC alongside the military coalition RPA / FARDC against Rwandan refugees in the DRC and members of the FDLR.
The Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) inform the public and the media that a helicopter of the United Nations Mission in DRC (MONUC) has participated in an air raid of the coalition of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) and the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) on 12 February 2009 in Gashebere, North Kivu in DRC. The record of this unfortunate air raid is two (2) minor injured persons and hundreds of displaced Rwandan refugees and local civilians.
On 13 February 2009 the armed coalition of RPA / FARDC launched an air raid in Kayanja and Kanyabutsindo, which made no victim, to support its ground forces which were in disarray in face of the brave troops of the FDLR they had gone to attack.
The FDLR strongly condemn this act of barbarism against innocent civilians and warn the MONUC against a danger resulting of its alignment with the Rwandan-Congolese troops in their campaign against the Rwandan refugees and Congolese civil populations in Kivu.
The FDLR recall that they have always favoured and continue to favour a peaceful solution to the political problem of Rwanda . They point to MONUC that its mission is not to hunt Rwandan refugees and innocent civilians, but rather to ensure their protection.
The FDLR invite the Security Council of the United Nations and the African Union to condemn unequivocally the use of MONUC forces by some UN officials serving interests of gravediggers of the people of the Great Lakes region of Africa .
The FDLR urge once again the Rwandan and the Congolese authorities to immediately stop their dirty war launched against the Rwandan refugees and the FDLR, and to engage in dialogue with them.
The FDLR reaffirm that they continue to favour the path of peace, but if the armed coalition against them continue to chase and shoot at the Rwandan refugees and Congolese innocent people, they will have no other choice but to protect Rwandan refugees and civilian populations, which is their leitmotiv since their creation.
The FDLR still hope that within the United Nations, Rwanda and the DRC there are women and men of goodwill who will do everything possible to stop this insane war in progress in the DRC.
Done in Paris on February 17, 2009
Executive Secretary of the FDLR