17 Jun 2013 08:00
An inside look documented by embedded journalists of the North Kivu conflict from the perspective of M23: In light of recent peace talks with the Democratic Republic of Congo's government, Bertrand Bisimwa, M23 political leader, questions the government's call for peace. When the rebels took control of Goma in November 2012, the government asked them to withdraw and promised a negotiation. However, their form of negotiation resulted in an intervention brigade, authorized by the UN Security Council, which Bisimwa states was used as a form of an attack on the rebel group. He denies that the government sincerely wanted to make peace with the M23 rebels, and says if the government decides to attack in the future, the rebels have no choice but to defend themselves.