Monday, December 08, 2003

DRC: integration of fighting forces begins ...

It's a merger. About 600 men now constitute one unit ... they are former soldiers from the government, Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) and Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC).

At full strength, they will be a 3,700-strong brigade ... and are expected to reach that number by June.

A ceremony was held in Kisangani today to introduce the new unit ... witnessed by the DRC and Belgian defence ministers. Belgium will be training the soldiers who will be deployed in Ituri province within three months.