News / Africa

UN to Discuss DRC as Army Takes Towns From Rebels

Congolese army commanders discuss tactics near Kibumba Hill, which is occupied by M23 rebels, around 25kms from the provincial capital Goma, in eastern Congo, Oct. 27, 2013.
Congolese army commanders discuss tactics near Kibumba Hill, which is occupied by M23 rebels, around 25kms from the provincial capital Goma, in eastern Congo, Oct. 27, 2013.
VOA News
The U.N. Security Council is set to discuss the situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday, as fighting between rebels and soldiers continued there for a fourth day.

A Congolese army spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Olivier Hamuli, said troops seized the town of Rumangabo from rebel group M23 on Monday. Witnesses say residents cheered soldiers as they entered the town, which is home to a large military base.

Earlier, DRC Information Minister Lambert Mende said troops had retaken the town of Kiwanja and the M23 rebel stronghold of Rutshuru in North Kivu province near the border with Rwanda.

The fighting began Friday less than a week after peace talks between the government and the M23 broke down after failing to reach an agreement on amnesty for the rebels.  Each side accuses the other of launching the first attacks.

Mende said any talk of peace cannot happen while "bandits" are killing Congolese people, soldiers and international troops.

“I don’t see how people getting amnesty can be firing on regular troops.  They are not credible when they are talking of asking amnesty.  They are just destabilizing the situation, destabilizing so as to allow their friends to continue looting our country,” said Mende.

The United Nations said a peacekeeper from Tanzania was killed in Kiwanja while protecting the civilian population.

M23 consists of rebel fighters who joined the Congolese army in a 2009 peace deal but later defected, saying they were treated poorly and the government did not live up to the deal.

Last year, the group took over territory in North Kivu province and briefly seized Goma, the provincial capital.

North Kivu and nearby provinces have endured years of fighting between the government and various militia and rebel groups.  Much of the fighting is over control of the area's rich mines.

U.N. experts have accused Rwanda and Uganda of supporting M23, an allegation both nations deny.

You May Like

China Investigates Former Powerful Security Chief

Former security chief and member of Politburo Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, under investigation for suspected 'serious disciplinary violation' More

India, US Look to Reset Ties During Kerry Visit

This week's talks will be first high level interaction between two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took charge More

Video Young African Leadership Program Renamed to Honor Mandela

YALI program, launched by President Obama in 2010, aims to build skills in business, entrepreneurship, public management and civic leadership More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Jean Kapenda from: USA
October 28, 2013 8:42 AM
Now is the time to start building a D-Fence, i.e., a huge border fence in eastern Congo along the borders with Rwanda and Uganda, as part of Congo's new defense architecture. For more details, visit my blog at http://africamericaplus.blogspot.com/


by: Anonymous
October 28, 2013 12:23 AM
The notion that Rwanda special militia will continue to target UN intervention brigade especially Tanzanian troops must be stopped. Rwanda must be punished severely for sending forces into DRC that intermingle with their M23 militia. The war will not end unless the source of the problem, that is Rwanda & Uganda regimes are tackled by all means and warned sternly about their rebels menace. These two regimes are facilitating and suporting the rebels a whole lot with Rwanda more directly involved. UN/SADC/DRC needs to create a very strong presence/buffer at the Rwanda and Uganda borders

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spati
X
Reasey Poch
July 28, 2014 7:18 PM
China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video Vietnamese Staging Chinese Product Boycott After Oil Rig Spat

China recently pulled an oil rig from an area of the disputed South China Sea that Vietnam also claims. Despite the action, the incident has had a lingering effect on consumers in Vietnam. VOA's Reasey Poch reports from Hanoi on an effort to boycott Chinese products.
Video

Video ESA Spacecraft to Land on a Comet

After a long flight through deep space, a European Space Agency probe is finally approaching its target -- a comet millions of kilometers away from earth. Scientists say the mission may lead to some startling discoveries about the origins of the water on earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Africans Arrive in US for Leadership Program

President Barack Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative has brought hundreds of young Africans to the United States for a six-week program aimed at building their knowledge and skills in fields such as public administration and business. Out of the 50,000 young Africans who applied for the program, just one percent was accepted. VOA's Laurel Bowman caught up with some of those who made the cut and has this report.
Video

Video In Honduras, Amnesty Rumors Fuel US Migration Surges

False rumors in Central America are fueling the current surge of undocumented young people being apprehended at the U.S. border. The inaccurate claims suggest the U.S. will give amnesty to young migrants from the region. As VOA's Brian Padden reports from Honduras, these rumors trace back to President Obama's 2012 executive order to halt deportations for some young undocumented immigrants already living in the United States.
Video

Video Students in Business for Themselves

They're only high school students, but they are making accessories for shoes, fabricating backpacks and doing product photography - all through their own businesses. It's the result of a partnership between a non-profit organization that teaches entrepreneurship and their schools. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan and Deyane Moses met the budding entrepreneurs near Los Angeles.
Video

Video Astronauts Train in Underwater Lab

In the world’s only underwater laboratory, four U.S. astronauts train for a planned visit to an asteroid. The lab - called Aquarius- is located five kilometers off Key Largo, in southern Florida. Living in close quarters and making excursions only into the surrounding ocean, they try to simulate the daily routine of a crew that will someday travel to collect samples of a rock orbiting far away from earth. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid