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Tue Jul 07 15:13:48 SAST 2015

DRC rebels say Goma pullout cannot be prerequisite for talks

Sapa-AFP | 25 November, 2012 19:01
A CRA fighter carries his weapon at a military barracks, abandoned by fleeing government army following the capture of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo
A Congolese Revolutionary Army (CRA) fighter carries his weapon at a military barracks in Goma November 23, 2012, abandoned by fleeing government army following the capture of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo early this week. Rebels advanced in eastern Congo on Friday after repelling a counter-attack by government forces, trying to strengthen their grip before a summit on defusing the crisis in a region long plagued by ethnic and political conflict.
Image by: JAMES AKENA / REUTERS

The political leader of the M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo said on Sunday that a pullout from the eastern city of Goma could not be a precondition for talks with the government.

"The withdrawal from Goma should not be a prerequisite for talks but rather should come as the result of talks," Bishop Jean-Marie Runiga Lugerero told AFP from the Ugandan capital, referring to the city the rebels seized last Tuesday.

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