UN helicopters engage M23 forces

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Roger Meece

The use of helicopters in an attack on M23 forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is not unique, says Roger Meece, the Secretary-General's Special Representative to the DRC.

"Indeed this is not the first use of them in the current situation; all of the actions, including the use of the attack helicopters, is in the context of seeking to do all possible to protect the further advances of the M23's threats against the civilian population centres."

The M23 rebels are lead by Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for recruiting child soldiers a decade ago.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed grave concern over the activities of the M23 renegade soldiers. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has described them as "a particularly notorious group of human rights violators."

Duration: 16″

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