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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:02 AM

UN experts say Rwanda backing DRC rebels

Source: AFP

By Tim Witcher (AFP) 6 hours ago

UNITED NATIONS UN sanctions experts have "overwhelming evidence" that Rwanda has breached an arms embargo to aid rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a report obtained by AFP.

Kigali has strongly denied accusations of involvement in a new rebellion in eastern DR Congo, but the UN Security Council on Tuesday published an annex to a report by the sanctions experts setting out their accusations.

The experts said they had "overwhelming evidence" that senior Rwandan Defense Forces officers "in their official capacities, have been backstopping the rebels through providing weapons, military supplies, and new recruits."

Eastern DR Congo has been rocked by an uprising by military mutineers who have formed themselves into a group called M23, led by Bosco Ntaganda, a renegade general wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal.

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