Africa

Congo Peace Talks Continue

Rebels boycotted talks Monday but are back

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The foreign minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo has called for the "neutralization" of M-23 rebels after a day of contentious peace talks in Kampala.

Delegations from the government and from the rebel forces met Tuesday after the rebels boycotted the talks on Monday.

Afterward, Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda called the rebel movement "a negative force that must be eradicated."

A spokesman for the rebels, Rene Abandi, told Reuters news agency Tuesday he believes the government is preparing for more violence in the troubled North Kivu region.