Former Congolese M23 rebels not ready to return from Uganda, insist on amnesty for fighters

Members of the former Congolese rebel group M23 say they should not be sent back from Uganda until the Kinshasa government honors all the terms of a peace deal.

M23 spokesman Lawrence Kanyuka said Monday that "nothing had been done" to convince them that Congo's government is ready to receive them.

Hundreds of M23 rebels fled to Uganda and Rwanda late last year amid a U.N.-backed Congolese military offensive in eastern Congo, where the rebels once controlled territory. Congo's government and the rebels signed a peace agreement in December 2013 that urged the repatriation of all fighters by the end of 2014.

M23 wants a blanket amnesty for all fighters but Congo's government insists some rebels must face trial for alleged crimes.