DR Congo rebels who have advanced on the key eastern city of Goma warned Monday they will continue their fight against the government unless it opens direct talks with them within 24 hours, but their ultimatum was swiftly rejected by Kinshasa.
Soldiers of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) patrol in Goma, eastern DR Congo, on October 16. DR Congo's M23 rebels who have closed in on Goma warned that they will continue their military campaign against the government unless it opens direct talks with them within 24 hours.
The M23 rebels said in a statement they will "pursue the resistance against the government of Kinshasa until it falls" unless it starts "direct political negotiations" within the next 24 hours and demilitarises Goma and the city's airport.
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