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Uganda: DRC risks destabilising region

2012-07-11 18:02

Kampala - Fighting between rebels and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) troops risks destabilising the wider region, Uganda's foreign ministry warned on Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of people have fled fighting into Uganda in recent months.

"The crises and conflicts affecting eastern DRC can rapidly destabilise the country and also spread even to the entire region," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The armed conflict in eastern DRC has increased forced displacement of populations," it added.

Uganda said it had called for a special meeting of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region to discuss the crisis, which will meet on the sidelines of the African Union summit beginning on Sunday, the statement said.

On Friday renegade troops belonging to the M23 rebels seized the town of Bunagana, on the border between Uganda and DRC.

The rebels forced around 600 DRC troops to flee into Uganda where they were disarmed and placed under the supervision of the Ugandan military.

Over 30 000 DRC refugees from the DRC have registered in Uganda since fighting flared earlier this year, officials say.