Congo, rebels to resume talks

AFP-JIJI

Rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 movement said Thursday they will resume peace talks with the violence-hit country’s government, agreeing to a demand from leaders of Africa’s Great Lakes region.

Talks between the two sides were suspended in May, and the agreement to reopen them follows a recent upsurge in violence in the country, where Congolese troops backed by a special U.N. force launched a fresh assault against the rebels late last month.

On Thursday, regional leaders meeting in the Ugandan capital issued a statement demanding the resumption of talks between the two sides within three days, to be concluded within 14 days.

The M23 movement was launched by Tutsi soldiers who mutinied from Congo’s army in April 2012 and turned their guns on their former comrades.