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Rwanda Backs Down from Threat to Invade Eastern Congo


Rwanda has withdrawn a public threat to send troops into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Congolese troops have been fighting dissident soldiers.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame had threatened to send soldiers across the border to fight Hutu militias blamed for attacks on Rwanda.

The Congolese government sent extra troops to eastern Congo in response to the threat, angering dissidents in the Congolese army who the Kinshasa government says are backed by Rwanda. Fighting broke out last week, forcing at least 100,000 people to flee their homes.

Rwandan leaders now say disarming Hutu rebels in Congo is a job for the international community.

Rwanda blames Hutu militias for the 1994 genocide of about 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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