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Africa Union Debates How to Disarm Hutu Rebels in the DRC

A two-day meeting of the African Union in Addis Ababa is focusing on how to disarm Rwandan rebels in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are up to 14 thousand ethnically Hutu rebels in the region, who stage attacks against Rwanda’s government and destabilize local communities in the DRC. The rebels, called Interahamwe, are blamed for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda against minority Tutsi and moderate Hutu. The presidents of the DRC and Rwanda have agreed to allow the African Union to coordinate a solution using AU troops.

Desmond Orjiako is the spokesman for the Africa Union in Addis. He told English to Africa reporter William Eagle that the AU is considering a number of possibilities – including sending in troops to work alongside UN peacekeepers or the Congolese military, or going in alone