United Nations special envoy Mary Robinson has arrived in the eastern
Congolese city of Goma, following a week of heavy fighting pitting
U.N. troops against a rebel group entrenched in the hills
above the strategic city.
Robinson will meet with Congolese leaders before traveling to Uganda and
Rwanda. The rebels, who are widely believed to be backed by Rwanda,
announced a ceasefire on Friday.
Lambert Mende, the Congolese government spokesman, said on Monday he
hoped Robinson would speak firmly with Rwanda, which denies supporting
He said: “When it comes to Rwanda and what they’re doing in Congo, it’s been total silence.”
Tanks were seen leaving the Rwandan capital and heading toward the Congo-Rwanda border at the weekend.
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