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Congo Says U.N. Must Forcibly Disarm Rwandan Rebels

The United Nations must forcibly disarm Rwandan Hutu militias at the heart of years of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the country’s four vice-presidents said on Wednesday. Vice-president Azarias Ruberwa said Congo wanted the U.N. Security Council to beef up the mandate of its 11,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUC) to help hunt down and forcibly disarm the Interahamwe. “We are going to push the Security Council to give MONUC a stronger mandate to work hand in hand with the Congolese government to disarm the Interahamwe by force,” Ruberwa told journalists after meeting Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali on Wednesday. Full Story

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