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UN envoy: Security in eastern Congo much improved
UN envoy says security in eastern Congo has vastly improved, but conflict persists
Associated Press
2014-08-08 03:01 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The top U.N. envoy in Congo says security in the eastern part of the country has vastly improved in the last year but conflict persists and the situation is still fragile.

Martin Kobler told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that in August 2013, the M23 rebel group was "knocking at the gates" of Goma, the biggest city in the east, and attacks by other rebel groups were on the rise.

Today, he said, the M23 "is no more" and a Uganda-based rebel group is "a shadow of its former self."

Kobler said the U.N. peacekeeping mission's top priority now is to end the fighting by the estimated 1,500 remaining combatants from the FDLR, which was formed by extremist Rwandan Hutus who took part in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

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