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Army leaders to meet on DRC-Rwanda

2012-08-14 10:15

Goma - Defence chiefs from 11 African countries will meet Wednesday to hammer out the details of a neutral force to intervene in conflict-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official said.

The army chiefs of staff from members states of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) will meet in Goma in eastern DRC, its executive secretary Alphonse Tumbalwaba said on Monday.

ICGLR defence ministers will then hold a follow-up meeting.

The force is supposed to restore the peace in the mineral-rich and lawless jungle region, where fighting has displaced more than 220 000 people since April and made another 57 000 flee to Rwanda and Uganda.

But the make-up of the force has been a stumbling block between Rwanda and DRC, which have traded accusations of supporting each other's rebels.

An ICGLR summit last week failed to make concrete progress on launching the force, which both countries' leaders have agreed to "in principle".