France seeks UN Council resolution on DR Congo crisis

19th November 2012, Comments 0 comments

France will on Monday introduce a UN Security Council resolution seeking greater international sanctions against M23 rebels who have launched a new offensive in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, France's UN ambassador said.

With the rebels now close to the major city of Goma, ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters "M23 has shown total disrespect to what the Security Council has said." The council agreed a statement on Saturday which demanded a halt to the fighting.

Araud said the resolution would deal with the involvement of other countries in the conflict. Rwanda has been accused of backing the M23 rebels but has strongly denied any role and Araud said the foreign role would be "a delicate part of the resolution."

The French envoy said he hoped for a fast vote on the resolution, which could come on Wednesday when the 15-nation is due to discuss DR Congo.

© 2012 AFP

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