Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, released the following statement regarding the laying down of arms by the militia group M23:
"I am pleased that M23--a militia based in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo responsible for countless brutal attacks--has made a declaration to lay down its arms and pursue its goals through political means. This disarmament serves as a step towards the implementation of the February 2013 Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement, and is an important development as the U.S. works with the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighbors toward security and development in the region. I urge neighboring states to halt support for armed groups and militias in an effort to work towards peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Now, M23 must follow through on its commitments. This development will afford the Democratic Republic of Congo an opportunity to move the country forward in a positive direction."