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UN withdraws from offensive on DRC rebels over violations

UN peacekeeping troops will not take part in an offensive against FDLR rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, after the Congolese government refused to dismiss two generals who stand accused of human rights violations, according to a spokesperson.

The leader of the operation to disarm the rebels, Gen Bruno Mandevu, is on a UN "red list" over 121 alleged human rights violations, including rapes and summary executions, Reuters reported.

"The U.N. Mission in the DRC has raised concerns linking two FARDC (Congolese army) generals to human rights violations, and therefore we have paused our support to FARDC on anti-FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) operations," a senior UN official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

The official has said both generals were "known to us as having been heavily involved in massive violations".

"We intend to fully support the FDLR operations as soon as the outstanding issues regarding command of the operations are resolved," he said.

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