'M23 continues to threaten Goma'

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Congolese rebel movement, M23, has continued to threaten the city of Goma, in eastern DRC, despite its purported withdrawal from the city, Congolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Francophonie Raymond Tshibanda said Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

''M23 did not withdraw up to the distance of 20km in northern Goma as demanded by the Heads of State from countries of the international conference on the Great Lakes region (CIRGL),'' he told journalists.

''The presence of rebels on the outskirts of Goma has complicated the situation on the ground,'' the head of the Congolese diplomacy said.

However, he said the political dialogue between the Congolese government and M23, held in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, under the aegis of CIRGL, ended in a deadlock.

The crisis in eastern DRC is part of the issues that will be discussed at the 20th African Union Summit, on Sunday and Monday, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

25 january 2013 22:11:01

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