Congo has rejected a rebel war lord’s demand for direct talks to solve the conflict which has left thousands hungry and home less.
Government officials from the Democratic Republic rebuffed the call as they met with UN officials
Rebel leader, Laurent Nkunda promptly warned the refusal could lead to even more violence after a day of skirmishes between rebels and pro-government troops.
At the moment Nkunda and his Tutsi rebels are active in the east of the country but he has threatened to move closer to the capital Kinshasha. The government says dialogue should be with all rebel groups not just Nkunda’s.
The fighting has forced 250,000 refugees to flee for their lives as international efforts continue to try to bring aid to the numerous over stretched camps.
Senior UN officials have accused Nkunda and his rebels of creating what they describe as a huge humanitarian crisis.
The EU is considering sending 1500 troops to Congo to support the UN mission and help deliver humanitarian assistance.