M23 rebels end insurgency in DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebel movement says it is ending its insurgency against the government in Kinshasa.

The movement said it would adopt "purely political means" to achieve its goals and urged its fighters to disarm and demobilise.

"The chief of general staff and the commanders of all major units are requested to prepare troops for disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration on terms to be agreed with the government of Congo," M23 leader Bertrand Bisimwa said in a statement.

The statement follows an earlier announcement by the government claiming victory against the M23.

Last month, DR Congo's President Joseph Kabila (pictured) said he would create a government of national unity including members of the opposition and civil society to push for peace in the country. He ruled out a blanket amnesty for rebels operating in the mineral-rich east and called for the insurgents to lay down their arms.

M23's defeat has raised hopes for a lasting peace in DRC after two decades of conflict.

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