Saturday, February 16, 2013 8:53 pm
UN chief to attend Congo peace signing
The Associated Press
Ban spokesman Martin Nesirky said Saturday the U.N. chief will attend the Feb. 24 event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The agreement was delayed late last month over what Ban called "procedural issues" and not over any fundamental differences in the agreement. It had been circulated to eight countries: Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, South Africa, Angola and Tanzania.
The peace deal is an effort at a large-scale political framework to end violence in Congo. Separate talks are taking place in Uganda between the rebel group known as M23 and Congolese officials.
Jean Baptiste Rudaseswa, a lawyer for M23, has said the plan could further destabilize Congo.