Published November 27, 2012
KAMPALA, Uganda – Ugandan officials say representatives of a Congolese rebel group that now controls the key eastern Congo city of Goma are holding out for assurances from Central African leaders that their demands will be considered after they quit the provincial capital.
A Monday midnight deadline set by the regional bloc for the rebels to leave Goma passed with the rebels still firmly in charge.
Okello Oryem, Uganda's deputy foreign minister, said Tuesday that the rebels need more time as well as reassurance that their grievances will be taken seriously.
Oryem says M23 representatives, who are in talks with top army officials in Uganda, are asking "many questions" and need "another day or two." Regional leaders have called on Congo to listen to M23's "legitimate grievances."