DRC, M23 trade fire

July 13, 2012 at 12:05 PM
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KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 13 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo said the military traded fire with members of a rebel group led by an ICC fugitive.

Rebel Gen. Bosco Ntaganda waged mutiny against the DRC military for allegedly violating the terms of a peace deal that integrated former rebels into the national military. He's the subject of an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court.

U.N. helicopters, according to Voice of America, fired on rebel forces, known as M23, in eastern DRC. A military spokesman told VOA that three people were killed during the exchange.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on DRC and Rwandan leaders to work to find a solution to a crisis brewing since April.

Rwanda was suspected of supported DRC rebel groups. Officials in Rwanda denied the allegations. VOA adds that Rwanda agreed to increase its surveillance along its border with the troubled African nation.

"There is a clear need to rebuild trust amid the swirling allegations over the past several weeks," Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo was quoted as saying.

DRC and members of the Central African community, meanwhile, met in Ethiopia, pledging to "eradicate" the M23 militia.

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