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13 members of ex-M23 opt for voluntary repatriation

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Thirteen former members of the M23 rebels opted for voluntarily repatriation to their home in DR Congo after the visit of Congolese deputy defense minister, René Sibu Matubuka, on Thursday April 23, 2015.

The group is part of the 150 who have been granted amnesty among others camped in Ngoma District.

They decided to return after Matubuka assured them of their security back home.

The exercise was witnessed by officials from the office of the DRC government, delegates of UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and officials from the Government of Rwanda.

Both government signed a joint communique to confirm the official repatriation of the thirteen former members of M23.

On the behalf of the Government of Rwanda, the statement was signed by Col Rutabana , Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defense, and Deputy Minister of Defense, ex-combatants and social reintegration, Rene Matabuka Sebu, for the Congolese side.

Both government vowed to join their hands to continue to facilitate voluntary repatriation of the remaining former M23 members.