Peace eludes eastern Congo as rebels, govt talks put off to Jan 4
Saturday December 29 2012
Congolese government army troops ride on trucks through Goma in eastern DRC on December 3, after rebel M23 fighters ended an almost fortnight-long occupation in line with a regionally brokered deal. Photo/AFP
Talks in Kampala between Kinshasa and M23 rebels to resolve the crisis peacefully were adjourned and will resume on January 4.
The Congo government has not made any ceasefire deals with the rebels who have entered into informal agreements with regional leaders to stop fighting on two previous occasions.
The rebels now claim that the government is delaying the talks while reinforcing its positions in and around Goma to attack them. The rebels are located just three kilometres outside the main town centre.
As leaders of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) plan to deploy a 4,000-strong “neutral force” to eastern DR Congo to improve security, analysts and stakeholders are concerned about the force’s composition and mandate.