Military officers from Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda have been discussing the future of a joint armed operation they began three months ago against rebels responsible for widespread atrocities inside Congo.

The Congolese government is under pressure from nationalist politicians to end the joint operation. They do not want a foreign army presence indefinitely.

Rebels of the Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), who have taken refuge across the Ugandan border in north-eastern Congo, massacred hundreds of Congolese over the Christmas period.

The rebels say they represent the ethnic Acholi people of northern Uganda. But for many years now they have sown terror to maintain control.

Chased out of northern Uganda, they have now taken refuge in the Congolese forest.



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