Drcongo Rebel Groups to Discuss Common Front

Published November 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The two main rebel groups fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are to hold a meeting to discuss setting up a united front, a rebel leader said Tuesday. 

Jean-Pierre Bemba, who heads the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC), told AFP an MLC delegation would go "very soon" to Goma for talks with rebels from the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD). 

The MLC and the RCD have been fighting the government of President Laurent Kabila since August 1998. The MLC has the backing of Uganda, while the RCD is supported by Rwanda. 

The idea of setting up a common front has been floated since the beginning of the rebellion, but has never got off the ground.  

Rwandan and Ugandan troops backing up the rebels have clashed violently on several occasions in the east of the country. 

Bemba said the delegations would discuss the "practical functioning" of a common rebel front. 

He did not give an exact date for the talks -- KIGALI (AFP)  

 

 

 

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