U.N. envoys warned on Monday of a new military buildup by government forces and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Nas peace talks stalled.

Negotiations in Kampala between the DRC government and M-23 mutineers were suspended earlier on Monday. U.N. officials who helped brokered the talks appealed for new efforts by the two sides but raised fears of new conflict.

U.N. envoy to DRC Martin Kobler said there had been a “considerable military buildup” by rebel and government forces around the key eastern city of Goma. He also said there are reports that M-23 was forcing young men among refugee families returning from neighbouring countries to train for fighting. — AFP