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Vol 50 No 2

Published 23rd January 2009


Congo-Kinshasa

A rift among rebels

Some want a ceasefire, others insist on a solution, with personalities as divisive as policies

The main rebel movement in eastern Congo has split, with one faction seeking a ceasefire with the government, the other promising to fight on. The more militant rebel, General Laurent Nkunda, hitherto the leader of the Tutsi militia, the Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP), may have won his war but lost the peace. President Joseph Kabila's invitation to Kigali to send in troops to round up Rwandan dissidents in eastern Congo may have dangerous consequences.

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