Ban Ki-moon urges M23 rebels and DR Congo army to end fighting   2013-05-23 17:57:38            

KINSHASA, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday appealed to the Congolese national army and the M23 rebels to end the fighting in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

The UN secretary general made the appeal when he addressed the media on Wednesday evening in Kinshasa, the DR Congo's capital.

"I am deeply concerned by the resumption of fighting in the east, at the moment, I want to appeal to all the parties concerned with the fighting in the east of the country to cease it," Ban said.

He revealed that he had asked President Joseph Kabila to ensure that all military operations should respect the international humanitarian law.

"Since the beginning of this conflict, I urged president Kabila to continue with the Kampala negotiations," he said.

In a statement the M23 rebels appealed for immediate cessation of hostilities to facilitate Ban Ki-moon's visit to the town of Goma which is the headquarters of North-Kivu province.

The rebel movement noted that this gesture which is likely to lead to the signing of a cease-fire agreement by the parties, will lead to the resumption of the Kampala talks which are expected to give the Congolese true peace that is obtained through the political path.

The M23 and the national army have been fighting since May 20 at Mutaho village which is situated about 12 km from Goma town. The fighting is reported to have resulted in deaths of 15 rebels and four soldiers.

Editor: Sha Sha
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