Nkunda wants ceasefire talks

November 16, 2008 12:00 am

, JOMBA, November 16 – Rebel leader Laurent Nkunda admitted Sunday his forces had suffered heavy losses and said he wanted ceasefire talks with the Kinshasa government after meeting UN envoy Olusegun Obasanjo.

"Today is a great day for us because we were losing many men and now we have a message of peace. We should work with this mission," Nkunda said after meeting the former Nigerian president in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

"We agreed to open humanitarian corridors to support the process," he added.

Obasanjo said after the talks in rebel-held territory: "I know now what he wants. I know that a ceasefire is like dancing tango: It cannot be done by one only."

Rebels and government forces clashed for several hours early Sunday about 20 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of Rwindi, near the strategic town of Kanyabayonga in troubled Nord-Kivu province, the UN Mission in DR Congo said.


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