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DRC rebels extend stay in Goma

2012-11-30 21:19

Goma - Rebels in Congo believed to be backed by Rwanda postponed their departure on Friday from the key eastern city of Goma by 48 hours for "logistical reasons," defying for a second time an ultimatum set by neighbouring African countries and backed by Western diplomats.

The delay raises the possibility that the M23 rebels don't intend to leave the city they seized last week, giving credence to a United Nations Group of Experts report which argues that neighbouring Rwanda is using the rebels as a proxy to annex territory in mineral-rich eastern Congo.

"We will be out of Goma on Sunday, and will go back to our initial positions in Kibumba," M23 rebel spokesperson Vianney Kazarama said on Friday, referring to a town 25km north of Goma.

The regional bloc representing the nations bordering the DRC had issued a Friday deadline for the M23 fighters to retreat after the rebels had thumbed their nose at an earlier ultimatum.

Kazarama's announcement suggests the rebels are dragging their feet.

In a sign of how confused the situation remained on Friday, a barge carrying around 280 Congolese policemen arrived at Goma port, on the banks of Lake Kivu.

The policemen had fled when the rebels took the city and were returning to resume control of the city on Friday, as had been earlier agreed.

The DRC government police appeared disoriented, unsure what to do and they did not disembark from the barge, as M23 fighters patrolled the port.

The M23 rebels are widely believed to be supported by Rwanda, which according to the UN report, has provided them with battalions of soldiers, arms and financing.

The DRC, an enormous, sprawling Central African nation, has twice been at war with its much smaller but more affluent and better organised neighbour.




Comments
  • given.washa - 2012-12-01 15:56

    Drc is a vaste country fill up of richess congoles must understand one thing war will never resolve the problem will make it more ...half of the population of Drc are christians. So let us pray to JESUS CHRIST to bring peace in this east region of Drc. John15:5

      mukeba.sly - 2012-12-01 18:17

      Mr washa, you do not know what is going on in the DRC. PLEASE YOU CAN PRAY TO GOD AND PRAY FOR US WHO ARE FIGHTING IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. UNTIL RWANDA FELLS THAT ITS INTERESTS IN AND OUT OF THE RWANDA ARE THREATENED AND THERE IS A STRONG DEFENSIVE ARMY IN DRC, THEY WILL GO ON ON TO SPONSER THESE GUYS LIKE M23. FOR YOUR INFORMATION OUT OF 20 M23 REBELS 1 IS A DRC NATIONAL AND 19 RWANDEES. SO FAR THERE IS NO BALANCE FOR NAGOTIATIONS, RWANDA HAS SO MANY OF ITS SOLDIERS IN THE DRC ARMY FROM THE PREVIOUS INTERGRATION REASON WHY THAT ARMY CANT FIGHT. AND SOON THE REBELS WILL ASK TO BE INTERGRATED IN THE DRC ARMY, REMEMBER THE RATIO OF 1 OUT 2O SO YOU WILL HAVE 2 TO 3 THOUSANDS 100 % RWANDEES SOLDIERS IN TO THE CONGOLEESE ARMY AGAIN AND THE HIGHEST RWANDEES SOLDIER IN THE DRC ARMY BEING ''JOSEPH KABILA'' IF HE WAS NOT RWANDEES WHAT WAS HE DOING IN THE FPR (KAGAME'S REBEL MOOVEMEMNT IN 1990 TO 96 AS A YOUTH SOLDIERS?). REASON WHY WHEN THESE REBELS ARE INTERGRATED THEY DON ACCEPT TO BE TRANSFERED TO OTHER PROVINCES OF DRC BUT WANT TO BE NEAR THE BOARDER WITH RWANDA IN CASE THEY ARE OVERPOWERED THEY CROSS OVER EASILY EG, LAURENT NKUNDA, JULES MUTEBUSI, BIZIMA KAHARA BOSCO NTANGANDA.

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