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Vol 45 No 25

Published 17th December 2004


On edge

The fighting in North Kivu threatens both next year's promised elections and Congo's fragile peace. President Joseph Kabila's cheerleaders in Kinshasa blame Rwandan aggression for the latest clashes, and claim to have captured Rwandan soldiers. Kigali denies any involvement, insisting it is purely a Congolese battle. Tensions have heightened since last month when Rwanda's President Paul Kagame warned that he would order his troops across the border to attack the Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR).

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