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UN plans sanctions on DRC rebels

2012-10-20 16:10

New York - Guatemala UN Ambassador Gert Rosenthal, the current Security Council president, read a statement approved on Friday saying targeted sanctions would be applied to M23 leaders and others who are breaking the arms embargo in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The rebels attacked the DRC army on Wednesday, ending a lull in fighting that had lasted a couple of months.

The M23 rebels have a stronghold on the border with Uganda and Rwanda, which has fueled allegations that Uganda and Rwanda are backing the rebellion as arms are easily smuggled into their territory.

On Tuesday, a leaked UN experts panel report accused both Uganda and Rwanda of supporting the rebellion, which both countries strongly deny.