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MISNA - July 21, 2005 1:18 PM

A new armed group, the Congolese Revolutionary Movement (MRC), which claims it is fighting for the rights of the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern Ituri and North Kivu regions, was apparently founded last month in neighbouring Uganda. As reported by the international press, the United Nations Mission in DR-Congo (MONUC) has expressed concerns over the formation of the new rebel group, stating that Uganda may be violating its international obligations foreseen by the UN Security Council resolution approved in March by allowing its territory to be used by armed groups from eastern DR-Congo. The document announcing the formation of the MRC, which describes itself as a political and military movement and made up by elements of various armed groups present in east DR-Congo, was signed by 15 men - all of whom are now wanted by the chief prosecutor in the Congolese town of Bunia. Ugandan army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Shaban Bantariza said Congolese rebels had been in Uganda recently - but he said they had been visiting on personal business, denying that officials of the Ugandan government had been collaborating with them. During the Congolese war 1998-2003, Uganda and Rwanda until 2002 maintained a military presence in ex-Zaire in support of local rebel formations.


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