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UK Warns Rwanda Over DR Congo

The British Government has warned Rwanda not to send troops back into the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last week, Rwanda said it would return to DR Congo, unless Uganda also withdrew its troops. Uganda has sent reinforcements to dislodge rebel groups from the north-eastern Congolese town of Bunia. The United Nations envoy to the DR Congo has arrived in Bunia in a bid to negotiate a peace deal between local rebel groups and militias. This is a prerequisite for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from the Ituri province around Bunia. “We are gravely concerned about the deteriorating situation in Ituri, and increased tension between the Congolese parties to the conflict, Uganda and Rwanda,” said a statement from the UK Department For International Development. Britain is a major donor to both Uganda and Rwanda and has been trying to reduce tensions between the former allies. Their soldiers have clashed on several occasions on Congolese territory during the five-year DR Congo conflict. Full Story

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