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    New Clashes Between Government, M23 Rebels in DRC

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    Renewed fighting broke out Friday between government and rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after peace talks were suspended.

    The U.N. mission in Congo reports the sides clashed around Kimbumba, 15 kilometers north of the city of Goma.  It says mortars and machine guns were used, and that 5,000 civilians have crossed the border into Rwanda to flee the fighting.

    At the United Nations, Rwandan ambassador Eugene Gasana said a shell from the unrest had landed inside Rwanda.

    In a VOA interview, he said his country would not continue to tolerate the unrest along its border.

    "We asked them to go far, whoever it is. Whoever did it.  We will not let them continue," he said. "We warned them already, the government, that they should go far away from our border, not to come and shell the bombs in Rwanda or anything. Otherwise, we will react immediately."

    The Congolese army and rebel group M23 accuse each other of launching the first attacks.  

    Troops with the U.N. mission, known as MONUSCO, are reported to be standing by, ready to intervene if necessary.  U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky says MONUSCO has carried out aerial reconnaissance of the area.

    High-level peace talks in Uganda between the government and M23 broke down on Monday, after the sides failed to reach an agreement on amnesty for the rebels and their reintegration into the armed forces.

    The U.S. State Department has called "on all parties to exercise restraint to prevent military escalation."  A statement Thursday specifically called "on the M23 to commit to peacefully resolving the conflict by promptly signing a final agreement" that provides for the disarmament of the group and "accountability for those responsible for the most serious human rights abuses."

    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.

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    by: Anonymous
    October 26, 2013 6:37 PM
    UN/SADC and the rest of the international community need to stay focused and not allow Rwanda to continue with the intransigence, acting out and fooling everyone. Kagame is losing the minerals plunder scheme/war and is getting desperate that is why his regime keeps making a lot of noise and creating situations where something will give them an excuse to go to DRC for another round of executions of alleged Hutu rebels like they did in the 1990's dispersing refuges ,separating out some they alleged were FLDR. Enough is enough, strong allies of US and UK must reign in their stubborn kid. It is many years since Kagame took power but still he wants to use the excuses of the effects of the war he waged on Rwanda to terrorize DRC. UN/AU/SADC/DRC must not tolerate this. US should sternly warm the Kagame fellow that personalities are a non issue & police states and puppet buffoons are a thing of the past. If he does not take heed, further action be approved so that the region can have some relative peace. If Rwanda attacks DRC, UN and SADC must act very firmly to stop Kagame and buddies once and for all.
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    by: NN
    October 27, 2013 3:35 PM
    muddled and jealous you are, will perish yourselves Kagame will remain an good model leader of the region.

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