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Vol 54 No 16

Published 2nd August 2013


M23 takes a hit

The army turns the tables on the rebels and Rwanda may find it problematic to continue its support for M23

Two weeks of sometimes brutal fighting between the Mouvement du 23 mars and the national army have ramped up the pressure on Kinshasa and Kigali to negotiate a settlement. The Rwandan government of President Paul Kagame found its United States ally accusing it of supporting the rebels, while the uncharacteristically effective attacks on M23 positions by the Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) have been reined in by pressure from the United Nations, Kinshasa sources say. The UN wants a political solution rather than a military one. The fighting has drastically weakened M23.

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