UN calls for restoration of calm on border between DRC and Rwanda

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The UN says it's concerned by the outbreak of clashes between armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

According to reports, exchanges of fire took place on Wednesday in the border area of Kibumba and led to the death of a Congolese soldier.

The two countries have had an uneasy relationship since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda when militia accused of murdering ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were reportedly based in eastern DRC.

Rwanda has been accused of playing a part in the unrest in the country over a number of years, a charge it denies.

Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Mission MONUSCO has called on all sides to deescalate tensions and to refrain from any further acts of violence.

He also deplored the loss of human life during the incident.

Mr Kobler encouraged both sides to recommit to resolving border demarcation issues "through peaceful means."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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