UN expresses alarm about DRC rebel movements

2013-10-10 11:29
Een van die M23-rebelle tydens Rapport se besoek aan hul basis vroeër vanjaar. | Foto: Leon Sadik

Een van die M23-rebelle tydens Rapport se besoek aan hul basis vroeër vanjaar. | Foto: Leon Sadik

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Kinshasa - The commander of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo says M23 rebels have been reinforcing their positions in recent days.

Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz said on Wednesday that "these military activities are against a solution for peace".

M23 spokesperson Amani Kabasha, however, said the changes were normal troop movements. He says rebels also have observed a reinforcement of government troops near rebel positions.

The UN mission also said on Wednesday it hopes to have surveillance drones operational by the end of November along the tense Congolese-Rwandan border.

The M23 fighters launched their rebellion last year, and peace talks with the Congolese government have repeatedly stalled. The UN and others charge that Rwanda is backing the rebels, a claim the Rwandan government denies.

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