DR Congo army announces truce after clashes with 'dissidents'
Regular forces from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s army declared a truce in their battle in the east of the country with a group of “dissident” soldiers, a UN spokesman said. The so-called “dissident” faction, a former rebel unit brought into the army under peace accords to end DRC’s disastrous five-year war, had pledged Monday to observe a unilateral ceasefire. But fighting resumed within hours as the rival factions clashed for the third straight day, with the “dissidents” advancing towards the town of Bukavu. Clashes in and around Bukavu have claimed some 50 lives since May 26. “General (Felix Budja) Mabe has accepted the ceasefire on orders from Kinshasa,” said Sebastien Lapierre, a spokesman for the UN’s mission in DRC, MONUC. Mabe leads the regular army faction. Full Story