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Monday, 5 November, 2001, 17:36 GMT
DR Congo rebel factions cooperate

Two rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo have said they will join forces to disarm Rwandan and Burundian Hutu rebels within the country.

A spokesman Kin Key Mulumba said the the Rwandan-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy and the Ugandan-backed Movement for the Liberation of Congo would be made up of about 4,000 men.

He said the force would track down, disarm and neutralise, what he called, all negative forces in RCD and MLC-adminstered territory.

It is expected to be operational in 45 days' time in the eastern towns of Kindu and Maniema.

The rebels said their joint force would not hinder a UN peacekeeping force disarming Hutu militants.

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