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Rwandese Civil Society and Political Organizations (RCSPO) 

September 14, 2014 
Memorandum to the UN Security Council, the European Union, the UNHCR Executive 
Committee, the African Union and SADC on the Situation of Rwandan Refugees in DRC 
and the FDRL
The present memorandum is a joint reaction of the Rwandan Civil Society and Political 
Organizations of diaspora (RCSPO) following the latest news releases and statements from key 
players involved in the search for ways and means to ensure the prompt return of lasting peace in 
the region of Great Lakes in general and particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo 
(DRC) and Rwanda.
1. Statements and Press Releases 
Among the statements and press releases that caught the most attention of the signatories, there 
are:
1. The declaration of the Special Envoy of the United States for the Great Lakes region, Mr. 
Russ Feingold who claimed, on August 5, 2014 at the US-Africa Summit, that there is no 
justification that the FDLR solicit political negotiations; the group must be dismantled no 
later than the end of the year; and for the FDLR, the military option should not only be 
considered but must be ready to be launched.1
2. The statement of Mr. Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) 
Secretary General in the DRC and head of the UN Mission of the United Nations 
Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), who in an interview broadcasted on the 
airwaves of Radio France International-RFI on August 17, 2014, said that "Against FDLR 
troops that have announced their voluntary surrender, if we do not get this voluntarily 
surrender at the end of this year, the military option is on the table

 

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