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Rebels Threaten War As Congo Army Takes Positions In Kivu

doctor http://comeduraredipiu.com/wp-content/plugins/thrive-leads/editor-layouts/element-menus/widget.php geneva;”>They described as “unacceptable” the return of Congolese forces to the towns of Kiwandja, http://construction-cloud.com.au/wp-admin/includes/edit-tag-messages.php Rusthsuru in North Kivu Province, “after our forces have handed over” those places “to the PNC and the contingent of the Mission UN in the DRC (Monusco), for shelter from any confrontation forces the inhabitants of these entities.

“This is a provocative challenge against our forces and a humiliation for the people of those entities that have suffered the atrocities of the army when he fled before our forces,” the rebels said in a statement.

“The M23 “regrets the return” of the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) and considers this act as a military offensive committed against its positions,” added the statement.

“FARDC must immediately leave these cities otherwise they will be blamed for all the consequences related to their presence in these entities, that we do not want,” warned the determined rebels.

The new development highlights the growing tension in the volatile DRC and a possibility of a resumption of fighting between rebels and Kinshasha government.

Meanwhile, the Liberation reports that on July 6, the rebel soldiers took Bunagana major border post with Uganda, after fighting with the Congolese army, before winning without resistance, on July 8, Rutshuru, 70km north of Goma, the neighboring city of Kiwanja, and other localities farther south, up to 50 km from the provincial capital.

The rebels withdrew Monday from the cities but they still control Bunagana, located about 25 km southeast of Rutshuru, near their bases in the hills of Virunga National Park, backed by Rwanda and Uganda.

The Congolese army has taken up positions in Rutshuru, Kiwanja and other localities from the middle of the week.

Monusco had indicated that the statement of the M23 on the surrender of cities in the United Nations does not concern her.

On Thursday, three UN helicopter and two of the Congolese army fired rockets and shells and Nkokwe Bukima, two of the positions held by rebels in the southeast of the Virunga Park, about 50 km north of Goma.

Monusco and FARDC had deployed tanks Wednesday 25 km north of the provincial capital, to prevent any attack on the town.

The mutineers were repeated so far that their goal was not to take Goma or other cities, but “a voice” and to get the Congolese government in negotiations.

The M23 consists of ex-combatants of the rebel Congolese Tutsi National Congress for People’s Defense (CNDP), integrated into the FARDC as part of a peace agreement signed with Kinshasa March 23, 2009, which they claim full implementation.

Kigali has repeatedly denied supporting the insurgents.

Senior Rwandan officials, including Defense Minister, General James Kabarebe, are accused in a report from UN experts have helped directly by providing the M23 weapons, munitions, recruits.

In an interview with BBC last night, President Paul Kagame denied having any links with the rebels.

He described as “lies” and “misinformation” that “Rwanda is fighting Congo.”

He emphasized that he has been in touch with his Congolese counterpart Joseph Kabila over the deteriorating situation in the eastern part of the country.

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