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Doubts Over New DR Congo Army

Government and rebel military leaders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo still have to decide on key issues despite agreeing a new draft constitution. The two sides agreed that an international force would take care of security until a new single unified army was established. But analysts say that it is not clear who will provide or pay for the international troops, while rebels are still wary of going to the capital, Kinshasa. 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 neutral force needs to be deployed as speedily as possible and that is the sticky issue,” said Henri Boshoff, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies. “The rebels will not go to Kinshasa unless the force was in place and that could take more than 60 to 90 days,” he said. Full Story

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