Congrès des Progessistes pour
la Libération (CPL)
1. On this
22 May 2000, the Congrès des Progessistes pour la Libération (CPL), announces to the
national and international public, its decision to withdraw from the political
forces front of the rebellion which is operating in the East of the Democratic
Republic of Congo.
2. Consequently, Shambuyi KALALA and Jim BALIKWISHA, both founding members
of Le Rassemblement Congolais
pour la Democratie (RCD), respectively, Secretary
General and National Secretary in charge of the Organization and Management
Training of RCD/Kisangani, are disengaged of all
their responsibilities within this Movement. They are no longer members.
3. The CPL estimates
that the best way to serve the Congolese people effectively in the search for a
lasting peace and rebuilding of the country in ruin is to make the democratic
forces autumns from the confusing forces in search of positioning. It is
unacceptable to see the fight for the leadership continuing until the existence
of all the fatherland is sacrificed.
4. The current period in
Congo is a transition between the war and peace. The CPL
would thus like to be free and unrestrained. It makes a point of supporting any
constructive policy, which considers the fundamental interests of the Congolese
people, and the concerns of the various groups interested in
5. The CPL reaffirms its
commitment to militate for a quick pacification of
Congo. This is why, on one hand, it supports the
Lusaka’s Cease-fire Agreements of which some of its
principal leaders are signatories, and on the other, it is actively committed
to put forward the political negotiations between Congolese.
6. The CPL remains open
to the dialogues with all the forces interested in a lasting peace in
Congo, including all the warring factions.
7. The CPL considers
that, in the current situation of military chaos in
Congo, any political act of a group or a Congolese
personality will not be appreciated except in connection with the requirement of
all the Congolese people: PEACE. This is why it is assured that its decision
will meet the comprehension of all the Congolese democrats and of all the
democrats of everywhere in
Africa and the world.
Brussels 22 May 2000
For the CPL
Shambuyi Kalala, Jim Balikwisha,