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Kagame Criticizes UN Disarmament Plan for Rwandan Rebels in DRC


Rwandan President Paul Kagame says he disagrees with a U.N. plan for voluntary disarmament of Rwandan rebels based in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mr. Kagame says asking the ethnic Hutu rebels to voluntarily disarm is not an attainable goal. He spoke Sunday in Kigali, after conferring with a delegation of U.N. Security Council members who are touring African nations affected by a decade of ethnic strife in the continent's Great Lakes region.

President Kagame also criticized a recent U.N. decision to bolster its peacekeeping force in Congo by some 6,000 troops. He said the issue is not increasing the numbers of U.N. troops, but having a clear definition of what the troops will do once they are in place.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.