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M23 Congo rebels to disarm

Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 01:42

Nov. 7 - M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo say ready to end revolt after defeat by army. Paul Chapman reports.

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This hillside stronghold of Congolese M23 rebels was the last to fall to government forces. Its capture on Tuesday along with rebel fighters and ammunition led M23 to announce an end to its 20-month revolt. On the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, some were happy the fighting was over, others worried about President Joseph Kabila's next move. (SOUNDBITE)(French) PACIFIQUE MASSANGUE, KINSHASA RESIDENT, SAYING: "I think it's a victory we can all celebrate together in the entire territory of the DRC." (SOUNDBITE)(French) KEVIN YAKOSSOU, KINSHASA RESIDENT, SAYING: "The president's mandate finishes in 2016. He needs to leave power, he shouldn't say that he won over M23 and that he can continue with another mandate. He should stop." The defeat of M23 appeared to vindicate the United Nations' deployment of a tough new intervention brigade this year. But China's ambassador to the U.N said M23 wasn't the only rebel group. Dozens are still active. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LIU JIEYI, CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, SAYING: "The situation is still very complex on the ground. We do realise that it is not the end of the road. If we work out an agreement between the government of the DRC and M23 there are other groups that are still in the region." Violence, disease and hunger have claimed millions of lives in eastern Congo since the 1990s The region has suffered a series of rebellions by foreign-backed insurgents, often for control of its rich deposits of gold, diamonds and tin.

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M23 Congo rebels to disarm

Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 01:42