Obama discusses crisis in Congo with Kagame

7:01 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is warning Rwandan President Paul Kagame that any support for rebels is what he calls "inconsistent with Rwanda's desire for stability and peace."

The U.S. president is pressing for an end of support to armed groups in Congo.

The White House says Obama spoke Tuesday with Kagame to discuss the security and humanitarian crises in eastern Congo, where the M23 rebel group is operating.

A recent U.N. report accuses the Rwandan government of backing the rebels, a charge that Kagame's government has denied.

The White House says Obama stressed to Kagame the importance of "permanently ending all support to armed groups" in Congo and ending exemption from punishment for M23 commanders and others who have committed human rights abuses.

The Associated Press

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