UPDF launches air and artillery strikes against ADF IN DRC
President Felix Tshisekedi informed the United Nations peacekeeping mission on Friday he had authorised military cooperation with Uganda against the ADF, but did not provide any further details, a senior U.N. diplomat said. #POAUpdates
Uganda Peoples Defence forces (UPDF) has today Tuesday morning confimed the launch of joint air and artillery strikes against ADF camps in DRC with support from President Felix Tshisekedi.
The develpment was confirmed by UPDF spoekesperson on twitter today morning.
This comes at a times when when Reuters publised an article on their site on Monday 29th November 2021, indicating that DRC had denied agreeing to joint operations with Ugandan army .
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News reports about the proposed cross-border campaign, which was confirmed by two diplomatic sources, have sparked anxiety amongst some Congolese, who recall Uganda's role in civil wars that ended in 2003.
According to Reuters, President Felix Tshisekedi informed the United Nations peacekeeping mission on Friday he had authorised military cooperation with Uganda against the ADF, but did not provide any further details, a senior U.N. diplomat said.
Congo's government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said the two armies have been exchanging information for many months, and that no Ugandan troops were currently in Congo.
"We have not said there will be joint operations. We have said there will be concerted actions," he told a news conference, without elaborating. "If there is a need to go up a notch, we will."
Ugandan authorities declined to comment, but last week its foreign minister said his country had the right to pursue the ADF in Congo, where the militia has been based for two decades, and has been blamed for a dozens of massacres in recent years.
"We have a right to self defence, to hot pursuit. We can respond in self defence and enter DRC," Henry Okello Oryem, state minister for foreign affairs, told Reuters.
Kinshasa is still seeking over $13 billion in reparations from Kampala for Uganda’s involvement in the 1998-2003 conflict.