UN chief arrives in Goma, DRC
23 May 2013, 13:44
Goma – The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Goma,
eastern Democratic republic of Congo, hours after a rebel group fighting
government forces nearby said they would impose a cease-fire to permit the
visit to proceed.
The M23 rebels and the Congolese army had been fighting for
three days in Mutaho, about 15km from Goma. An M23 spokesperson said on Wednesday
evening the group will hold fire to allow the visit.
"We also want to give peace a chance and ask the
government to come back to the negotiating table in Kampala," said Amani
Kabasha, the M23 spokesperson.
The M23 rebels, who are backed by Rwanda and Uganda
according to several UN reports, took Goma in November before pulling out 10
days later under international pressure. Talks in Kampala, the Ugandan capital,