ICGLR to investigate Rwanda, DR Congo armies’ clashes

A Congolese soldier from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Reuters) Image for representational purposes.

The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) is expected to investigate recent clashes between the armies of Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

The ICGLR represents regional governments in resolving border conflict.

Tuesday’s fighting in the Virunga National Park left six Congolese soldiers dead and half a dozen more injured.

According to the Rwandan army spokesman Col Innocent Munyengango; Congolese troops violated their territorial border and also attacked their defense position, hence their soldiers had to defend themselves.

The two countries dispute which side of the poorly demarcated border the clash took place on, each accusing the other’s forces of violating the frontier. Both sides have called on the ICGLR to investigate.

The current confrontations threaten to heighten the already fragile relationship between the two countries.