DRC's M23 threatens new UN brigade

2013-04-30 14:32
M23 rebels in the DRC (File, AFP)

M23 rebels in the DRC (File, AFP)

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Goma - Rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo warn they're getting ready to fight against a new United Nations brigade due to arrive in the coming months.

Stanislas Baleke, an official with the M23 rebels, said on Tuesday that his men are on high alert and ready to fight.

The threat comes as peace talks appear to have reached a dead end between the rebels and the Congolese government.

The M23 fighters seized the provincial capital of Goma late last year and held it for two weeks before withdrawing.

The UN Security Council has authorised a special brigade for eastern DRC whose mandate allows it to actively pursue armed groups in addition to protecting civilians.

Critics, though, say the special troops due to arrive by July may not be enough to stabilise eastern DRC.

Read more on:    un  |  m23  |  drc  |  central africa

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