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Clash Overshadows Congo Deal

Representatives of the Democratic Republic of Congo Government and two main rebel groups have agreed to set up a transitional government and army, in which all will participate. But the deal was nearly scuppered by heavy fighting in the north-east, where Uganda forces pushed a small rebel group, the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), out of the strategic town of Bunia. The largest rebel group, the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD) which is allied to the UPC, threatened to pull out on what was supposed to be the last day of discussions over a new power-sharing agreement. But the obstacle was overcome after they returned to negotiations in Pretoria and a draft transitional constitution was agreed. Rebels said the fighting at Bunia – and allegations of DR Congo Government involvement – had cast a shadow over the day. “This day should have been inscribed in gold in the annals of history of our country. Unfortunately this day is also inscribed in blood,” said Olivier Kamitatu, secretary-general of the other main rebel group, the Congolese Movement for Liberation (MLC). Full Story

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