Situation remains "tense and fragile" in eastern DR CongoListen /
The situation in the North and South Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains tense and fragile, according to the UN mission in the country (MONUSCO).
Fighters of the M23 rebel group which occupied the North Kivu capital of Goma last month are reported to have been seen around the city.
The Security Council condemned the attack on Goma and demanded that the M23 rebels withdraw from the city in the eastern part of the vast African country.
UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky says that MONUSCO is continuing frequent patrols in and around Goma.
"The situation on the ground in North Kivu and South Kivu remains tense and fragile, with reports of movements of M23 rebels around Goma. Over the weekend, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO, stepped up ground patrols and air reconnaissance flights in response to these reports. While many of the reports could not be confirmed, the UN Mission was able to confirm the presence of M23 rebels in several locations in North Kivu, including near Rwindi, Kibati and in the Masisi area near Moja." (29")
M23 is made up of former national army troops who mutinied in April, giving themselves the name after a 23 March 2009 peace agreement that they reportedly say has not been implemented.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.