Congolese troops return to Goma in eastern DR Congo

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A woman and her baby take shelter at Don Bosco Orphanage in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. They have arrived from the town of Sake, where M23 rebels are fighting government troops. [November 2012]
© Kate Holt/IRIN

Congolese troops have returned to Goma, the capital of North Kivu Province in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to United Nations sources.

The move comes after the withdrawal of fighters of the M23 rebel movement who had taken over the city more than a week ago.

The UN mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) is continuing to monitor the withdrawal of the rebel group from the wider Goma area in accordance with agreements reached by the International Conference on the Great Lakes region.

UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky has more.

"The situation in Goma is relatively calm. Congolese police elements have returned and are patrolling the city. Some advance Congolese army elements have also arrived, with more expected in the coming days. The Mission MONUSCO remains fully deployed and active in carrying out its mandated activities and in support of the implementation of the agreements reached by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region."

Duration: 27"

The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region was held in the Ugandan capital, Kampala on 24 November.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the ongoing violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Duration: 1’21″

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