UN says Congo’s defeated M23 rebels active again

January 13, 2014 10:00 PM

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UN says Congo’s defeated M23 rebels active again

M23 launched its rebellion in April 2012, becoming the latest reincarnation of a Tutsi rebel group dissatisfied with the Congolese government. Rwanda’s Tutsi-led government has been accused by U.N. experts and others of backing the M23 and using it as a proxy force to secure access to eastern Congo’s lucrative mining trade — an allegation the government denies.

The December peace agreement between the M23 and Congo’s government, which was signed in Nairobi, requires the insurgent group to demobilize its fighters and transform itself into a political party.

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