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DRC rebels wait for 48hr deadline to pass

2012-12-03 14:04

Goma - Rebels, who finally withdrew from this regional capital over the weekend, said they are waiting for a 48-hour deadline to expire on Monday afternoon, before deciding if they will take back the city.

After a nearly two-week occupation, the M23 rebel group agreed to leave Goma on the condition that DRC’s government enters into negotiations with them by 14:00 on Monday.

Rebel spoksperson Colonel Vianney Kazarama said: "We are currently 20km outside of Goma. We gave Kinshasa a 48-hour deadline and we are now waiting for these 48 hours to expire."

He added: "You should call Congo [DRC] and ask them what they plan to do. They have not yet contacted us. And we are waiting to see what happens, before pronouncing ourselves."