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Kinshasa confirms, after 30 september we will use force to expel rebels

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MISNA - September 9, 2005 12:40 PM

After 30 September the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo will begin using force to expel the rebel movements present in the east of the nation, stated Kasongo Kudura, spokesman for Congolese President Joseph Kabila. To do this we need logistics support from MONUC (UN Mission in the DRC) and the international community, added the spokesman. The deadline for the rebels to leave voluntarily or face expulsion was set during a meeting on Tuesday, attended by President Joseph Kabila, the UN mission head William Swing and representatives of the International Committee in Support of the Transition, known as CIAT (international guarantors of the peace process). In the past days some press sources anticipated the date to September 25, quoting statements by Swing. The September 30 deadline was also in the joint ultimatum launched by the governments of Rwanda, Uganda and DR-Congo on August 25 to the Rwandan rebels accused of involvement in the Rwandan 1994 genocide and since in hiding in the forests of east Congo. The presence of rebel groups in east DR-Congo is considered the main hindrance to the Congolese peace process.


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