Armed groups signatories to peace protocol urged to release hostages and return stolen goods

The FRPI, FPIC, CODECO and MAPI armed groups, signatories of the peace protocol signed last week in Aru (Ituri), are enjoined to release hostages and return looted goods. This is according to the protocol, handed over to the provincial governor on Wednesday June 7. The document provides for a series of activities to be carried out in several entities where these armed groups are active.

From June 6 to 12, these groups will report on the progress of the Aru dialogue at the FRPI, FPIC, MAPI and CODECO headquarters in Gety, Nyakunde, Lopa and Giba.

From June 13 to 15, the return of extorted belongings and the release of people taken hostage by these armed groups is also planned.

From June 16 to 26, a mission made up of provincial and territorial monitoring committees, members of these militias, will visit all the axes concerned to assess the implementation of the commitments and resolutions of the Aru dialogue.

According to the schedule of activities, disarmament and demobilization sites will be set up in Bambu, Pimbo, Aveba, Nyoka and Irumu-centre from June 27 onwards, under the supervision of P-DDRCS, 32nd military region and MONUSCO officials.

In July, all the chiefs of sectors, chiefdoms, groups and villages, as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs) who had fled armed combat, will return to their respective communities.