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Saturday, 7 April, 2001, 05:01 GMT 06:01 UK
DR Congo rebels pull back forces

One of the main rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said that it will pull back its forces from front-line positions without condition.

The Movement for the Liberation of Congo made the announcement after a meeting in Zambia of senior government ministers and representatives from countries and rebel groups involved in the war.

The rebel group's leader, Jean-Pierre Bemba, wasn't at the meeting but kept in touch by phone.

One report said other rebel groups persuaded him to drop his pre-condition that United Nations forces should first replace his troops. Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola back the government of President Joseph Kabila against rebels that have the support of Rwanda and Uganda.

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