M23 rebel chief not under arrest – Uganda

2013-11-12 13:25
M23 rebels in the DRC (File, AFP)

M23 rebels in the DRC (File, AFP)

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Kampala - A Ugandan government spokesperson says the military commander of Congo's M23 rebels "is not a prisoner" in Uganda and may only be handed over to Congolese authorities after a final peace accord has been signed.

Ofwono Opondo said on Tuesday that Sultani Makenga, who is the subject of international sanctions for serious crimes, doesn't face immediate arrest in Uganda. He said Makenga is being protected by Ugandan authorities because he surrendered with at least 1 665 of his fighters.

Uganda's neutrality as mediator of the DRC peace talks has been doubtful since a United Nations report said some in its military supported M23.

The talks have repeatedly stalled, and a planned accord-signing ceremony on Monday was postponed after Congolese officials asked for more time to review the final document.

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