DRC peace talks with M23 rebels ends without an agreement: Kobler

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Members of UN Security Council, M. Alexis Lamek (France) and Mohammed Loulichki (Maroc) during meeting with MONUSCO SRSG Martin Kobler and Goma Head of Office Ray Torres at MONUSCO Headquarters in Goma, the 6th of October 2013. © MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti

Delegates from the Congolese government and the M23 rebels have failed to reach an agreement on how to resolve the ongoing crisis in the eastern DRC.

Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) made the announcement on Monday.

Kobler was speaking to the Security Council from Kampala via video conference where the DRC peace talks were being held.

The aim, he says, was to conclude an agreement to end the rebellion and allow for the transformation of M23 into a movement within the limits of the Constitution and the laws of the DRC.

"I do not want to conceal my slight disappointment that after 4 long days and nights of negotiations until the early morning hours of today, it was not possible to reach a comprehensive deal, despite the pressure of the 5 envoys as supportive observers."  (16″)

The M23 is composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April last year.

M23 has clashed repeatedly with the DRC national forces (FARDC) throughout eastern DRC, briefly occupying the main city, Goma, in November 2012.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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