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Congo Rebels Prepare Goma Withdrawal as U.S. Presses Rwanda

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s M23 rebel group said it’s preparing to withdraw from Goma, a day after saying any pull-out would be conditional on President Joseph Kabila’s government meeting a series of demands.

The renegade fighters plan to move 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, as requested by regional leaders on Nov. 24, Bishop Jean-Marie Runiga, head of M23’s political wing, said in a phone interview today from the city. M23 military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama said in a separate interview that he was withdrawing with some troops to Masisi Territory in North Kivu.