UN mission to bring peace to DR Congo 'has stalled'

A photo taken on November 5, 2013 shows a UN mission in DR Congo armoured personnel carrier patrolling on Chanzu hill, in the eastern North Kivu regionThe multinational effort to bring peace to the war-torn east of Democratic Republic of Congo is in danger of failing, the International Crisis Group (ICG) warned Thursday. The east of the vast mineral-rich DRC was the scene of two major wars between 1996 and 2003, with neighbouring countries including Uganda and Rwanda intervening directly or using militias to do their bidding. In spite of the presence of 20,000 UN peacekeepers, around 50 Congolese and foreign armed groups are still active in the region.

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