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Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-11-06

UN peacekeepers stationed in eastern DRC have been ordered to open fire on rebels led by Laurent Nkunda if they advance on the besieged city of Goma.

UN peacekeepers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have orders to open fire on rebel forces if they advance on the strategic eastern city of Goma, the UN's top peacekeeping official said.
   
"Should armed groups choose to enter Goma, the order is to open fire," Alain Le Roy told a news conference in rebel-threatened Goma, the capital of Nord-Kivu province.
   
"If armed groups, whoever they may be, try to enter Goma, our troops' rules of engagement under Chapter Seven of the United Nations' charter are sufficiently clear," he added.
   
Rebels loyal to renegade general Laurent Nkunda have been positioned outside Goma since declaring a ceasefire a week ago after routing government forces in an offensive that has seen them take several towns in Nord-Kivu.
 

Date created : 2008-11-05

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