Friday, December 28, 2012

DR Congo says presence of its troops in Central African Republic not linked to conflict

Xinhua | 2012-12-28 15:33:09
By Agencies
The presence of Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) troops in the Central African Republic is not related to the ongoing conflict in the latter nation, the Congolese government spokesman, Lambert Mende, said on Thursday.

Mende who is also the communication minister, issued the statement in Kinshasa following allegations by the Central African Republic's rebels that DR Congo had sent troops to their country to support the regime of President Francois Bozize.

"The Congolese troops have been in Bangui for the last three years under the auspices of the Central Africa Multinational Force (FOMAC)," Mende recalled.

He said that DR Congo was already experiencing the consequences of the Central African Republic's crisis, since it's currently hosting about 4,000 Central African Republic's refugees at Zongo in Equateur province.

"We are already preoccupied with providing assistance to these people who are fleeing from hostilities in their country," Mende affirmed.

A coalition of rebel groups in the Central African Republic, calling themselves Seleka, which have threatened to overthrow Bozize's regime, have accused Kinshasa of having sent troops to Bangui, via Zongo, under the auspices of FOMAC, to support Bozize's regime.

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