Uganda official denies support of Congo rebels Jerry Votava at 3:08 PM ET
[JURIST] Ugandan officials have denied allegations contained in an unreleased UN Security Council [official website] report that Uganda has assisted rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Ugandan foreign affairs minister Okello Oryem vehemently denied [Al Jazeera report; video] the allegations [Reuters report] that his government has sent troops and supplies to support the the 23 March Movement (M23) rebels. M23 is a group of a group of renegade soldiers attempting to destabilize the Eastern region of the DRC. Oryem called the report "rubbish and hogwash." He noted that the UN had not sent investigators into Uganda regarding this matter. Oryem also speculated that the UN was circulating the report "because on the ground in the eastern DRC there is the biggest number of UN peacekeeping operations in the whole world with the largest budget in the whole world, and [yet] they have failed to do anything in the past five to ten years."
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