Congo president calls for UN to begin withdrawal
Rosalinda L. Orosa (The Philippine Star) - December 16, 2014 - 7:18am

KINSHASA — Congo's president says the United Nations should start withdrawing from the enormous country where a peacekeeping mission has been based for 15 years.

During a lengthy speech before parliament, President Joseph Kabila asserted yesterday that peace has progressively returned to the country racked by back-to-back civil wars.

Kabila said the threat still posed by rebel groups in eastern Congo "does not justify keeping a contingent of 20,000 men on our soil."

Critics, though, question whether the Congolese military can adequately protect civilians especially in the conflict-torn east.

A local civic organization reports that more than 250 people have been killed in attacks around the town of Beni in the past two months.

ADEQUATELY AROUND ASSERTED BACK CONGO COUNTRY KABILA PRESIDENT PRESIDENT JOSEPH KABILA UNITED NATIONS
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