Crisis in Eastern Congo reaches a crossroads

Talks between government and rebels are tense (photo:dpa)
Talks between government and rebels are tense (photo:dpa)

The conflict in Eastern Congo between government forces and the M23 is reaching a turning point. Neighbouring countries are set to deploy forces inside the country unless hostilities are ended. And while President Joseph Kabila agreed to send a government delegation to meet M23 representatives after the rebels took a key city, few are expecting an early end to the crisis.

TALKS between Congolese rebels and government officials opened on December 9, 2012, in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, with people inside and outside the country hoping for an end to a crisis which has led to widespread atrocities and fears of an all-out regional conflict.

The talks,...

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