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DR Congo: defeat of M23 rebels hailed as a step towards peace

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DR Congo: defeat of M23 rebels hailed as a step towards peace


Troops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have driven out M23 rebels from their last hill top strongholds along the border with Uganda and Rwanda.

The insurgents have now announced their intention to disarm and adopt purely political means from now on to achieve their goals.

But the army has admitted its work is not done.

FARDC spokesman Ariu Oliver said:

“It is not the end of the war because there are still other groups who still have weapons on Congolese territory and we will also disarm them by force if they do not want to comply peacefully.”

With the defeat of the M23, army attention will now turn to Hutu militias which fled across the border from Rwanda after the 1994 genocide.

DR Congo’s information minister has warned that there is no more place in his country for any irregular troops.

Millions of Congolese have either fled or died from violence disease or hunger since the 1990s as foreign backed insurgents have waged a series of rebellions in the mineral rich country.

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