M23 rebels

M23 rebel spokesman Colonel Vianney Kazarama (right). Photo: AFP

Congo rebels ready to fight new UN forces

Rebels in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have said they are prepared to respond to any attack by the United Nations' first offensive force. In March, the UN Security Council renewed the mandate of the UN mission in the Congo (Monusco) and approved the creation of a 3,000-strong "intervention brigade".