Congo UN chief salutes army for defeating rebels, calls for resumption of political dialogue

The head of Congo's United Nations peacekeeping mission says he salutes the army for its victory over the M23 rebels and warns other armed groups in the country's volatile east that further threats against the civilian population will not be tolerated.

During a press conference Wednesday, Martin Kobler said the army had complete control over all territory formerly held by M23, which has been blamed for killing scores of civilians in eastern Congo over the last year and a half.

Kobler stressed that "the political problem is not resolved" and called for a resumption of dialogue.

M23 announced Tuesday that it was ending its rebellion after the Congolese army, backed by U.N. forces, stepped up its offensive against the rebels last month after peace talks repeatedly stalled.