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Renegade Congo Leader Agrees to U.N. Plan

A renegade leader said Saturday he was complying with U.N. orders to withdraw from a city in eastern Congo and denied his troops were moving toward other strategic towns. Gen. Laurent Nkunda, whose troops seized Bukavu Wednesday, said he would withdraw his remaining soldiers by Sunday — two days after the U.N. took charge in the city. Nkunda said he withdrew all troops except those protecting key installations and his senior officers. Nkunda’s troops seized Bukavu from government forces — the most serious setback yet to the transitional government set up after Congo’s 1998-2002 war. The war drew in armies from six nations, with Rwanda and Uganda backing rebels who in the east and northeast. A U.N. military observer said that Nkunda had withdrawn the bulk of his force, but U.N. officers were pushing him to finish the pull out. Full Story

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