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Sunday 20 April 2014

Congo signs peace deal with rebels

M23 launched its rebellion in eastern Congo in April 2012 (AP)

Congo and the so-called M23 rebels have signed a peace agreement that will see the insurgent group demobilise its fighters and transform itself into a political party.

Kenya's presidency said today President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, who is the chairman of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, and President Joyce Banda of Malawi oversaw the signing ceremony in Nairobi.

The agreements also foresee that members of the M23 insurgency will be granted an amnesty for acts of war.

The agreements also allow for the return of refugees.

M23 launched its rebellion in in eastern Congo in April 2012, becoming the latest reincarnation of a Tutsi rebel group dissatisfied with the Congolese government.

AP

Press Association

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