Published December 13, 2012
BUNAGANA, Congo – A rebel group is demanding that Congo's president step down and hand over power to a transitional government.
That's according to a document shown Thursday to The Associated Press by the M32 rebels' president Jean-Marie Runiga.
The M23, an armed group said to be backed by Rwanda, is currently in the process of beginning negotiations with the Congolese government, following the rebels' withdrawal from Goma, the capital of North Kivu province in eastern Congo.
But the Congolese government and the rebels have so far disagreed on how the negotiations should be conducted, who they should include and what should be discussed.
The list of demands made by the rebels casts further doubt on the success of such talks. The delays already have increased tensions, threatening to restart the fighting.