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UN Council calls for sanctions on DR Congo rebel leaders

Published on Nov 21, 2012 9:36 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The United Nations Security Council has unanimously backed a resolution calling for sanctions against two leaders of rebels who seized a major city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday.

The resolution, proposed by France, also demanded an end to foreign support for the M23 rebels who now control Goma city. UN experts have said M23 has received military aid and fighters from Rwanda, which denies the charge.

Diplomats from DR Congo and Rwanda again wrangled over responsibility for the rebellion at the late-night Security Council hearing.

The resolution called on the UN sanctions committee for DR Congo to "urgently" review the cases of M23 leaders Mr Innocent Kaina and Mr Baudouin Ngaruye and other potential targets.

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