Emergency summit aims to resolve DRC conflict

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Losing hope A group of internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seen on a hilltop near the town of Kibati on Wednesday. The humanitarian situation in the region remains dire following clashes between rebels and government forces. (Roberto Schmidt, AFP)
Losing hope A group of internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seen on a hilltop near the town of Kibati on Wednesday. The humanitarian situation in the region remains dire following clashes between rebels and government forces. (Roberto Schmidt, AFP)

Rebels and pro-government militia clashed for a second successive day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Wednesday, rocking a fragile ceasefire as Kenya announced it would host an emergency summit on the crisis.

“There will be a summit in Kenya on Friday,” Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula said, adding that the presidents of DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and representatives of the United Nations and African Union would attend.

“The agenda will be… the fighting in eastern DRC and how to resolve it,” said Wetangula.

The announcement came as Laurent Nkunda’s rebel forces and Mai Mai militia battled for the second day running in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu, sparking a fresh exodus of displaced people and jeopardising a fragile ceasefire that has held for the past week.

The local Mai Mai said on Tuesday they would take up the fight against Nkunda after his forces routed government soldiers in an offensive that swept several towns last week. Continue reading Emergency summit aims to resolve DRC conflict