Congolese rebels fail to comply with surrender deadline

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FDLR ex-combatants who already voluntarily surrendered to MONUSCO in South Kivu during the surrender ceremony on 28 December 2014. Photo: MONUSCO/Serge Kasanga

Rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo accused of human rights abuses have failed to comply with a deadline to disarm and surrender, according to the United Nations.

A six-month grace period for the unconditional surrender of the armed group the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) expired on Friday.

Leaders and members of the FDLR were among the perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

The UN said that the group had continued to recruit combatants and to commit human rights abuses against innocent people in the east of the country.

In a statement, two senior UN officials in the region said that by failing to fully comply with the deadline, the FDLR had left the international community with no other choice than to pursue a military option.

The UN Mission MONUSCO will now work with the government to disarm the rebels.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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