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African Leaders to Send Troops to Congo in 3 Months, Vision Says

Sept. 10 (Bloomberg) -- African leaders will send 4,000 troops to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo within three months to combat rebels, New Vision reported, citing Henry Okello Oryem, the Ugandan minister of state for foreign affairs.

Tanzania is ready to deploy troops to the force and the 11-member International Conference of the Great Lakes Region has asked other countries to contribute troops within a month, the Kampala-based newspaper cited the minister as saying on Sept. 8 at the end of the group’s two-day meeting on the Congo conflict.

Fighting in eastern Congo resumed in April after fighters of the M23, a group of former rebels headed by General Bosco Ntaganda, abandoned the army and resumed their insurgency. Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes.

To contact the reporter on this story: Fred Ojambo in Kampala at fojambo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net

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