Hundreds of Congo Rebels Surrender in Uganda

At least 1,700 rebels have surrendered to Ugandan authorities in the two days since the leader of the M23 rebel group said it was giving up its two-year fight against the government in Congo, an official said Thursday. The M23 group announced on Tuesday that it would stop fighting after the Congolese military seized the last of its strongholds. Uganda has been brokering peace talks between the M23 rebels and the Congolese government. After Tuesday’s announcement, a large group of rebels surrendered to the Ugandan military and were being held near the Congo-Uganda border, the Associated Press reports. A Ugandan military official said the rebels were disarmed and being registered with Ugandan authorities. The rebels have they will continue to pursue its goals through the political system. [AP]

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