Mon, Nov 19, 2012 - Page 7 News List

M23 rebels advance in the DR Congo despite UN aid

BLAME GAME:Kinshasa and UN experts say Rwanda and Uganda back the rebels, a claim both countries denied amid UN calls for an end to the group’s ‘foreign support’

AFP, GOMA, Democratic Republic of The Congo

“I was at the front line myself and the shots came from Rwanda,” he told reporters.

Hamuli said the Congolese army was to launch a new offensive yesterday morning “to retake Kibumba and advance on the M23’s positions wherever they are.”

The M23 rebels are former fighters in the Tutsi rebel group, the National Congress for the Defence of the People.

The congress was integrated into the DR Congo military under a 2009 peace deal, but the mutineers say they rebeled because the terms of the deal were never fully implemented.

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