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UN has talks ‘at highest level’ with Congo over 2 generals

February 5, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A United Nations spokesman says talks are under way “at the highest level” with Congo’s government after it appointed two generals accused of human rights abuses to lead a military offensive that the U.N. spent months preparing.

Farhan Haq told reporters Thursday that the appointment of generals “who are known to us as having been heavily involved in massive human rights violations is a grave concern.”

A senior U.N. official has said the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo will not support the country’s military offensive unless the generals are replaced.

President Joseph Kabila had announced that his forces would lead the operation, supported by the U.N.

An estimated 2,000 members of the FDLR militant group remain in eastern Congo. It is not clear if the military offensive has actually begun.

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