The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suspended all Rwanda Air flights from Kigali, after accusing the Rwanda Government of supporting M23 rebels.
“In view of the Rwanda‘s support for the M23 terrorists, it has been decided to immediately suspend Rwandair flights to our country. The Superior Council of Defence has cautioned the Rwandan government that is disrupting the peace process,” said Patrick Muyaya in a press briefing today.
Rwanda Air immediately announced flight suspensions to the cities of Kinshasa, Goma and Lumbubashi.
Rwanda Government spokeswoman Yolande Makolo said the country has “no intention of being drawn into an internal matter of the DRC.”
The DRC summoned Vincent Karega, the Rwandan ambassador to Kinshasa, over the rebel issue.
Mr Muyaya also announced that the M23 rebel group is now “considered as a Terrorist Movement”. The M23 is therefore “excluded from the Nairobi discussion process” through which armed groups had been called to dialogue with the government to find a solution to the armed conflict in eastern DR Congo.