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Wednesday, 26 September, 2001, 19:23 GMT 20:23 UK
DR Congo's Mai Mai demand talks seat

The government backed Mai Mai militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo has asked to be given a formal place at talks about the country's future.

The leader of the group, Brigadier-General Joseph Padiri, said in a statement that they should be given about 20% representation at the talks, due to be held in Addis Ababa in October.

He warned that peace would be an illusion if their request was not heard.

The mediator in the Congolese conflict, Ketumile Masire, has said such decisions are up to the Congolese.

The Congolese government has indicated that it will be willing to include the Mai Mai in its delegation to the talks.

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