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Congo Rebel Leader Says Violence is Easing

Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda says the situation in eastern Congo is normalizing after days of fighting that forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

General Nkunda told VOA Monday said his forces are prepared to fight the forces of Congolese President Joseph Kabila, but would rather talk. He said the two sides need an international mediator for the talks.

Fighting between Nkunda's forces and government troops last week killed dozens of people and displaced some 40,000 people, some of them into Uganda.

The human rights group Amnesty International said Monday that the Congolese government has failed the people of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It warned that the violence could develop into mass ethnic killings and other human rights abuses.