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Congo's M23 rebels wait for 48-hour deadline to expire

Rebels, who finally withdrew from this regional capital over the weekend, said they are waiting for a 48-hour deadline to expire on Monday afternoon, before deciding if they will take back the city.

After a nearly two-week occupation, the M23 rebel group agreed to leave Goma on the condition that Congo's government enters into negotiations with them by 2 p.m. Monday.

Rebel spokesman Col. Vianney Kazarama said: "We are currently 20 kilometers (12 miles) outside of Goma. We gave Kinshasa a 48-hour deadline and we are now waiting for these 48 hours to expire."

He added: "You should call Congo and ask them what they plan to do. They have not yet contacted us. And we are waiting to see what happens, before pronouncing ourselves."