UN peacekeepers in Congo focus on new armed groups

October 7, 2013 01:44

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo - After an aggressive new UN brigade in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo scored a military victory over M23 rebels and forced them back to peace talks, UN peacekeepers are now turning their focus to two other equally dangerous armed groups.

During a visit by UN Security Council ambassadors to the eastern capital of Goma on Sunday, UN officials said that while M23 had garnered global headlines, just as great a threat was posed by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and the Islamist group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

"If we do not manage by one way or another to neutralize, disarm, demobilize those groups, we are not very hopeful (for sustainable peace)," said Ray Torres, head of the UN peacekeeping mission, known as MONUSCO, in North Kivu province.

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