Ugandan rebels in DR Congo urged to lay down arms

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Ugandan rebel fighters based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been asked to lay down their arms and enter UN-run camps.

The call came from the top UN envoy in the DR Congo to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) which has rear bases in the DR Congo and has been attacking civilians.

The UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) has intensified its fight against the ADF, said UN spokesperson, Martin Nesirky.

"Two helicopters from the Mission carried out an attack on Saturday against an ADF base in Saha Sitisa in North Kivu, and this operation was conducted in support of the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC). The Head of the UN Mission, Martin Kobler, said that these operations had one clear objective: to put an end to the recurring attacks by the ADF against the civilian population. He urged all the ADF fighters to lay down arms immediately and to enter UN-run camps." (29")

Martin Nesirky said MONUSCO remained determined to use all means necessary to protect the population, which continues to be threatened by armed groups.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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