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DRC peace talks expected this week

Negotiations between the Congolese government and eastern rebels are expected to take place this week, regional officials have said after the insurgents withdrew from the city of Goma.

Report by Reuters

The eight-month insurgency by M23 rebels poses the biggest threat to Congolese President Joseph Kabila in years and risks developing into a war that could drag in neighbouring armies.

Two officials from Uganda, which has been brokering peace talks between the Congolese government and M23, said the two sides were expected in the Ugandan capital Kampala this week.

A high-ranking Congolese official also said a Congolese delegation including lawmakers and a minister was due in the Ugandan capital this week for talks.

Rwanda has also been part of a regional effort to end the latest bout of violence in the tinder-box region.

Rwandan Foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo said peace talks were critical.

“What’s next is negotiations between the M23 and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

That should happen in the next few days,” Mushikiwabo told a news conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali.

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