Tough choices await M23 rebels as govt forces triumph
Saturday November 2 2013
M23 rebels withdraw from Goma after regional leaders brokered a deal last year. Photo/FILE/AFP
For the M23 group to salvage any relevance, they must now accept a deal they have repeatedly rejected at the largely ineffectual talks in Kampala that began in December 2012.
To sacrifice any one of their ranks is a call the rebels are unlikely to make, as it would amount to self-annihilation. Yet, the alternatives before them are no easier.
Although Kinshasa’s military gains have eroded any incentives for either the government or the rebels to fully engage in a political process, a governance expert who has consulted for the talks says each side would be foolhardy to ignore the need to reach a political agreement.