The Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebel group has declared an end to its 20-month rebellion, saying it is ready to disarm and demobilize troops and pursue a political solution to end the crisis in the east of the country.
It is the second time the group has made such a statement in three days. On Monday, fighting continued to rage in the DRC even after acease-fire proposed Sundayby M23.
"The chief of general staff and the commanders of all major units are requested to prepare troops for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration on terms to be agreed with the government of Congo," M23 leader Bertrand Bisimwa said in a statement.
The declaration was issued hours after government forces drove the rebel fighters out of their last two strongholds at around 3 a.m. local time Tuesday.