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Vol 53 No 15

Published 19th July 2012


M23 makes the running

The mutineers hold the cards and are setting the agenda: they may strike Goma soon

Although six governments signed an agreement in Addis Ababa on 15 July to promote security in eastern Congo-Kinshasa, rebels still threaten Goma, the base of the United Nations forces in eastern Congo. Nevertheless, the international focus on the crisis and the UN’s beefed up Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la Stabilisation du Congo (Monusco) make success for the rebels of the Mouvement du 23 mars far less likely. As Rwanda continues to deny involvement, M23 is trying to distance itself from indicted war criminal Jean-Bosco Ntaganda and give itself a more civilian tinge. Its stated aim is to force Kinshasa to respect the terms of the agreement signed between the government and the Congrès national pour la défense du peuple rebels in 2009. Secession could result if the complete autonomy of the ex-CNDP forces in North and South Kivu is not restored, some analysts believe (AC Vol 53 No 14).

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