KAMPALA Jan 8 Congolese rebels declared a
unilateral ceasefire ahead of a second round of peace talks with
the government, a rebel spokesman said on Tuesday.
The rebel March 23 Movement (M23) has questioned the
commitment of President Joseph Kabila's government to the peace
process. Efforts last month to end the nine-month rebellion in
Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile east failed.
"We've been for peace... today we're declaring that we're in
a ceasefire," Francois Rucogoza, the rebels' executive secretary
told a news conference in the Ugandan capital through a
translator. "Even if the government refuses to sign a ceasefire
agreement we'll continue with the negotiations."