East Africa

DR Congo refuses to sign M23 ‘accord’ in Kampala

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has refused to sign a deal with the rebels it defeated last week, the country's information minister has said.

Lambert Mende said the title of the Ugandan-mediated document was the problem, not its contents.

It should be called a declaration not an accord as that gave too much credibility to the rebels, he said.

Last week, the M23 rebel group ended its 18-month insurgency in eastern DR Congo and surrendered.

The two sides had been due to sign the document in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

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