Ban vows peacekeepers will stay in threatened Goma

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Ban vows peacekeepers will stay

UN leader Ban Ki-moon vowed on Sunday that peacekeepers will stay in the DR Congo city of Goma after UN combat helicopters and government troops failed to stop a rebel advance. The M23 rebels, army mutineers whose uprising in April has unleashed fresh unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s chronically unstable east, are now near the airport of Goma, the main city in the mineral-rich region. The UN warned there was a “real threat” that Goma would fall. But Ban said the UN troops “will remain present in Goma” and will continue “to robustly implement its mandate… with regard to the protection of civilians.”AFP

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