Rwanda denies backing DRC rebellion

June 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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UNITED NATIONS, June 26 (UPI) -- The Rwandan foreign minister challenged claims made in an unpublished U.N. report alleging support for Congolese mutineers.

An internal U.N. report, reviewed by the BBC, suggests the Rwandan military is supporting mutineers in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo was quoted by the BBC as saying the allegations were baseless.

"Of course Rwanda's top army leadership in no way, and I'm very categorical about this, in no way would be involved in destroying the peace they have been working very hard to build," she said from U.N. headquarters.

Rebel DRC Gen. Bosco Ntaganda waged mutiny in April, complaining the government reneged on the terms of a 2006 peace agreement that brought rebel forces into the national military.

The Congolese government issued a letter to the U.N. Security Council calling for the report to be published.

Ntaganda is wanted for war crimes. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said last week that many of the mutineers have "appalling" human rights records that include mass rape and the use of child soldiers.

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