DR Congo crisis: Cessation of hostilities starts Friday

The rebels have been moving closer to Goma, the regional capital, and the DR Congo accuses Rwanda of supporting them. Rwanda disputes being involved.

DR Congo crisis: Cessation of hostilities starts Friday

African leaders have announced an end to hostilities that will begin on Friday in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, where M23 rebels have recently made significant gains.

The presidents of the DR Congo, Angola, and Burundi signed the declaration at the conclusion of a mini-summit held in Luanda, the capital of Angola. Also present were the foreign minister of Rwanda.

The signatories agreed that if the rebels did not promptly leave the occupied territories, a regional force from East Africa would strike M23 locations.

The M23 has not yet released any information.

The US has praised the Luanda summit's strategy and encouraged Rwanda to stop supporting the M23.

The rebels have been moving closer to Goma, the regional capital, and the DR Congo accuses Rwanda of supporting them. Rwanda disputes being involved.

Following a diplomatic rupture brought on by the raging conflict in the mineral-rich region, the Luanda summit marked the first meeting of the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.