DRC opposition to boycott unity event
02 September 2013, 11:38
Kinshasa - The leaders of three opposition parties in the
Democratic Republic of Congo say they will boycott upcoming talks this week
that are aimed at national reconciliation.
The decision is a blow to unity efforts by Congolese
President Joseph Kabila, who has been urging national reconciliation at a time
when he faces a rebellion in the country's east.
Among those skipping the talks are supporters of Etienne
Tshisekedi, who finished second in the disputed 2011 presidential election.
Opposition groups say they want a neutral facilitator in place before they can
take part in the talks.
Kabila has promised reforms to help unify DRC, a nation the
size of Western Europe that is rich in mineral wealth but plagued by violence.
Tensions still linger from the 2011 vote that the European
Union said was fraught with irregularities and fraud.