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Kampala summit recommends 4,000 troops for DRC deployment

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newsdesk@greatlakesvoice.com

Finally international conference on Great Lakes has agreed on a neutral force formed by four African countries including; Kenya, Tanzania, Angola and DR Congo will deploy the force under an African Union mandate in the troubled eastern part of DR Congo.

The four countries have been tasked by regional body of the Great Lakes region to form a force of 4,000 troops to fight the M23 rebel group in DR Congo and Rwanda-Uganda are not a part of the movement

These countries have been asked to make a joint presentation to the AU Peace and Security Commission for approval of the force deployment within three months.

The decision was hammered september8, by the International Conference for Great Lakes Region meeting in Kampala chaired by President Yoweri Museveni.

However, Uganda and Rwanda, whose border security is threatened by rebel groups operating in eastern DR Congo, will not be part of the AU force.

Uganda government told the ICGLR meeting that Ugandan troops understand the DRC terrain and would have helped but noted its troops were busy with the AU mission in Somalia.

 

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