Congolese army makes gains against M23 rebels in eastern DR Congo

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Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz

The Congolese army has driven the M23 rebels out of the few areas they had controlled in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

That's what General Carlos Alberto Santos Cruz, the Force Commander of MONUSCO, the UN mission in the DR Congo told UN Radio on Friday.

He said the situation in North Kivu province is now "100 per cent under the control of the Congolese authorities."

"The M23 had under control one small part of the area at the border with Uganda and Rwanda but at the moment they don't have any control. They have a few military positions but they don't have any control on the lives of the population, on the roads, communication. The Congolese armed forces restored the authority of the government in this area." (25)

General Santos Cruz said MONUSCO forces, which are supporting the Congolese army, will go after all the rebel movements in eastern DR Congo.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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