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Goma M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are responsible for widespread war crimes, including summary executions, rapes, and forced recruitment. Thirty-three...
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Congolese rebels call for talks to end violence Jul 07 12

Rebels in Congo on Saturday (July 7) called for negotiations with the government of Joseph Kabila after they seized the eastern town of Bunagana on the border with Uganda following days of fierce fighting with government troops, during which a UN peacekeeper was killed and thousands of residents displaced. Red Cross said more than 2000 civilians had crossed the border into Uganda in the past few days to escape the bloodshed, at least 2200 more had been uprooted and 600 Congolese soldiers had also fled over the frontier. "So many people have lived in exile for the past three years without returning home. Every time there is fighting in Bunagana they leave and don't return so we are saying if we want to stop our population from running we will have to reach Kinshasa but our aim is not even to get to even Rutshuru, not even Goma, we want to remain here and call the government to come here and we negotiate," said Colonel Vianney Kazarama, M23's political commissar. Congo's north Kivu province has been swept by violence since late March after hundreds of ex-rebels defected from the army in support of a rebellious general, Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for suspected war crimes. The mutiny risks dragging the vast, loosely governed central African state back into war and damaging fragile relations with Rwanda, which has repeatedly denied allegations that the rebels are receiving cross-border support. A recent report by the United Nations <b>...</b>
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