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DRC crisis to be discussed at summit

The crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be discussed by African leaders at a Maputo summit.

The crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be discussed by African leaders at a Maputo summit today. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - Regional leaders on Friday gathered in Maputo for an extraordinary summit dealing with the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

They are expected to discuss peace talks in Kampala, between the Kinshasa government and Rwandan-backed rebels, and the composition of a special force to keep the sides apart.

DRC President Joseph Kabila has said he will be at today's Maputo summit.

So will Tanzanian leader Jakaya Kikwete, who heads the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) troika on politics, defence and security.

Sadc has been trying for eight months to set up a neutral force to break up militia groups destabilising the eastern DRC.

The regional grouping is insisting on leading this force, which is why they could not sign an agreement penned by the United Nations at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa in January.

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