Thursday, November 11, 2004

DRC: Congolese troops deployed in South Kivu

A total of 3,260 Congolese troops, working with an undisclosed number of U.N. forces, began deploying Monday to Walungu, 15 miles from Bukavu, in volatile South Kivu province, said Kasanda Wa Kasanda, spokesman for the Congolese army in the region. [This is part of a drive to stabilize the area and disarm former Rwandan rebels there.]

[...] Eliana Nabaa, a U.N. spokesman in Bukavu, said U.N. troops would not disarm foreign troops by force, but rather would conduct campaigns on the disarmament process on local radio stations.

[...] The stepped-up Congolese deployment heightens the prospect of clashes there with ex-rebel forces. (source)