UN ENVOY MEETS DR CONGO REBEL LEADER


A UN envoy has met DR Congo’s main rebel leader, in a fresh round of talks aimed at ending months of conflict.
Olusegun Obasanjo met General Laurent Nkunda in the town of Jomba, in the violence-hit east of the country.

un-envorTroops loyal to Gen Nkunda have been battling government forces in North Kivu province since August, forcing 250,000 people to flee their homes. Two weeks ago Mr Obasanjo negotiated a ceasefire, but renewed fighting has since broken out.

On Thursday, the rebels took the border town of Ishasha, about 120km (75 miles) north of regional capital Goma. Gen Nkunda says the ceasefire does not apply to operations against foreign militia.

His Tutsi-dominated forces say they are attacking Rwandan Hutu fighters, some of whom are accused of taking part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered.

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