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UN calls for DRC, Rwanda dialogue

2012-09-19 07:51

New York - The UN Security Council says dialogue is urgently needed between the Democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda, which is accused of supporting the rebellion in eastern DRC.

German UN Ambassador and current Security Council President Peter Wittig says a high-level meeting is planned for next week's General Assembly on eastern DRC, where a major humanitarian crisis has hit.

A recent Human Rights Watch report said the newly-formed M23 rebel group is responsible for widespread war crimes in eastern DRC, including summary executions and rape. The report says the group has forcibly conscripted at least 137 youths and killed at least 33 young men and boys who tried to escape.

"There are too many victims, too much suffering, too many displaced persons and refugees," the UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said. "This has to stop."