Britain will take into account Rwanda's backing for rebels accused of killing and raping in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo in future decisions to provide aid to the central African state, ministers said.

In a joint statement, Foreign Secretary William Hague and International Development Secretary Justine Greening described evidence presented by a panel of UN experts of Rwanda's involvement with the M23 rebels as "credible and compelling".

The move follows a controversial decision by Greening's predecessor, Andrew Mitchell, on his final day in the post to sanction a further £16 million aid payment to Rwanda at a time when other European donors were suspending aid.

In their statement, Hague and Greening said all outside support for the M23 - who have now seized control of the key Congolese city of Goma - was "unacceptable" and "damaging to the security of the region" as well as breaching UN Security Council resolutions.

"We judge the overall body of evidence of Rwandan involvement with M23 in the DRC to be credible and compelling," they said.

"We will be studying the implications of this report in full, but these allegations will necessarily be a key factor in future aid decisions to the government of Rwanda.

"The UK is greatly concerned about the escalating situation in eastern DRC and the plight of its civilian population."

Mitchell, who was international development secretary until David Cameron's Cabinet reshuffle in September, was widely criticised for his decision to resume aid to Rwanda after it was suspended earlier in the year over concerns about its activities in the DRC.

Appearing before the Commons International Development Committee, he denied he had a "personal interest" in maintaining good relations with the Rwandan leader Paul Kagame having previously been involved in Project Umubano - the Conservative Party's social action project in the country.

Last month Mitchell resigned as Government chief whip following a row with Downing Street police officers in which he was accused of repeatedly swearing and calling them "plebs".

Shadow international development secretary Ivan Lewis said events in DRC showed that Mitchell's decision to reinstate aid to Rwanda had been an act of "enormous folly" and he called on ministers to take firm action.

"As one of Rwanda's closest allies, we have a special responsibility to send the strongest message that the Rwandan government's support for M23 will have serious consequences. William Hague and Justine Greening must stop dithering," he said.

"The Foreign Secretary should summon the Rwandan ambassador to the Foreign Office immediately and leave him in no doubt that the UK is prepared to take serious diplomatic action unless the Rwandan government condemns M23 and ceases all support for their activities."


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Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to the presidents of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo by telephone tonight.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "He used the calls to welcome the joint communique signed by Presidents Kagame, Kabila and Museveni condemning the M23 rebel group and calling on them to pull out of Goma.

"He encouraged both leaders to do all they could to translate the communique into action.

"The Prime Minister urged President Kagame to do everything he could to put pressure on the M23 to withdraw from Goma.

"He made clear that the international community could not ignore evidence of Rwandan involvement with the M23, and that President Kagame needed to show that the government of Rwanda had no links to the M23.

"The Prime Minister then spoke to President Kabila to encourage him to work closely with Rwanda and Uganda to implement the communique. He discussed with President Kabila what more could be done to promote stability and security in eastern DRC."

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  • Congolese M23 rebel soldiers are seen on the road to Rushuru near Buhumba some 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Goma, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Rebel spokesman Lt. Col. Vianney Kazarama vowed Thursday that the fighters would press forward toward seizing the strategic eastern town of Bukavu, which would mark the biggest gain in rebel territory in nearly a decade if it were to fall. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

  • The body of a Congolese army soldier is seen in a ditch on the road to Rushuru in Buhumba some 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Goma, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. M23 Rebel spokesman Lt. Col. Vianney Kazarama vowed Thursday that the fighters would press forward toward seizing the strategic eastern town of Bukavu, which would mark the biggest gain in rebel territory in nearly a decade if it were to fall. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

  • Displaced Congolese return to their homes on the road to Rushuru near Buhumba, some 25 kilometers (16 miles) north of Goma, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Rebel spokesman Lt. Col. Vianney Kazarama vowed Thursday that the fighters would press forward toward seizing the strategic eastern town of Bukavu, which would mark the biggest gain in rebel territory in nearly a decade if it were to fall. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

  • A Congolese man wounded by gunshot grimaces after Congolese soldiers and rebel fighters battled for hours over the eastern Congolese town of Sake, 27 kilometers (17 miles) west of Goma, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Thousands fled the M23 controlled town as the militants seeking to overthrow the government vowed to push forward despite mounting international pressure. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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    DR Congo police officers participate in a registration excercise on November 22, 2012 carried out by rebel group M23 at the Goma stadium. The M23 called on members of the Congo police and military to register for re-training by its troops which is meant to integrate them into the rebel movement's new style of leadership even as the rebels rejected international calls to pull out of the strategic eastern city of Goma, demanding peace talks with President Joseph Kabila before ending an offensive that has stoked fears of a wider conflict and humanitarian catastrophe. The political leader of the M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Marie Runiga Lugerero headed to Uganda on Thursday for talks with President Yoweri Museveni, currently the Chief of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    DR Congo police officers participate in a registration excercise on November 22, 2012 carried out by rebel group M23 at the Goma stadium. The M23 called on members of the Congo police and military to register for re-training by its troops which is meant to integrate them into the rebel movement's new style of leadership even as the rebels rejected international calls to pull out of the strategic eastern city of Goma, demanding peace talks with President Joseph Kabila before ending an offensive that has stoked fears of a wider conflict and humanitarian catastrophe. The political leader of the M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Marie Runiga Lugerero headed to Uganda on Thursday for talks with President Yoweri Museveni, currently the Chief of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    DR Congo police officers participate in a registration excercise on November 22, 2012 carried out by rebel group M23 at the Goma stadium. The M23 called on members of the Congo police and military to register for re-training by its troops twhich is meant to integrate them into the rebel movement's new style of leadership even as the rebels rejected international calls to pull out of the strategic eastern city of Goma, demanding peace talks with President Joseph Kabila before ending an offensive that has stoked fears of a wider conflict and humanitarian catastrophe. The political leader of the M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Marie Runiga Lugerero headed to Uganda on Thursday for talks with President Yoweri Museveni, currently the Chief of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Congolese man who lost his legs during 2008 fighting between government soldiers and a former rebel group sits with his prosthetic legs on the ground near Goma's football stadium. Congo, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Thousands of Congolese soldiers and policemen defected to the M23 rebels Wednesday, as rebel leaders vowed to take control of all Congo, including the capital Kinshasa. Thousands of Congolese soldiers and policemen defected to the M23 rebels Wednesday, as rebel leaders vowed to take control of all Congo, including the capital Kinshasa. The rebels organized a rally at Goma's Stadium of Volcanoes Wednesday after seizing control of the strategic city in eastern Congo Tuesday.(AP Photo/Marc Hofer)

  • Congo government policemen, foreground, and civilians gather during a M23 rally in Goma, Congo, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. A rebel group believed to be backed by Rwanda seized the strategic, provincial capital of Goma in eastern Congo on Tuesday, home to more than 1 million people as well as an international airport in a development that threatens to spark a new, regional war, officials and witnesses said.(AP Photo/Melanie Gouby)

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    Spokesman of the M23 rebel group Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama addresses a crowd at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 21, 2012. Lt.-Col. Kazarama addressed the population of Goma today in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels yesterday. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spokesman of the M23 rebel group Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama addresses a crowd at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 21, 2012. Lt.-Col. Kazarama addressed the population of Goma today in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels yesterday. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spokesman of the M23 rebel group Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama waves at a crowd as he arrives at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 21, 2012. Lt.-Col. Kazarama addressed the population of Goma today in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels yesterday. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A resident of Goma stands in the Volcanoes Stadium in the restive eastern city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 21, 2012. The spokesman of the M23 rebel group Vianney Kazarama addressed the population of Goma today in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels yesterday. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An M23 rebel soldier climbs some steps in the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma on November 21, 2012. The spokesman of the M23 rebel group Vianney Kazarama addressed the population of Goma today in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels yesterday. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Surrendered police officers stand in the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 21, 2012. M23 rebels called on the population of Goma to come to the stadium today in an attempt to calm and reassure civilians following the fall of the city yesterday by the rebel group. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Residents of Goma react as they listen to M23 rebel group spokesman at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 21, 2012. Lt.-Col. Kazarama addressed the population of Goma today in an attempt to calm and reassure the civilians following the fall of Goma to M23 rebels yesterday. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A funeral cortege drives down a street in Goma on November 21, 2012, a day after M23 rebels seized control of Goma. The M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which says it now controls all of Goma and nearby crossing points on the border with Rwanda vowed today it would not stop at Goma, after seizing the key eastern city this week. A spokesman for the M23 rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo called Wednesday for President Joseph Kabila to step down, saying he was not the legitimate winner of elections last year. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Residents of Goma gather at the Volcanoes Stadium in Goma on November 21, 2012. M23 rebels called on the population of Goma to come to the stadium today in an attempt to calm and reassure civilians following the fall of the city yesterday by the rebel group. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Congolese refugees wait in Gisenyi, Rwanda to go back to Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 21, 2012. M23 Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 20, 2012 seized the key eastern city of Goma from Congolese army soldiers. The M23, formed by former members of an ethnic Tutsi rebel group, mutinied in April 2012 after the failure of a 2009 peace deal that integrated them into the regular army. The UN Security Council has unanimously backed a resolution calling for sanctions against two leaders of the M23 rebels. UN experts have said M23 is backed by Rwanda. AFP PHOTO/Stephanie AGLIETTI (Photo credit should read STEPHANIE AGLIETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • RWANDA-DRCONGO-UNREST

    Congolese refugees are pictured as they wait in Gisenyi, Rwanda to go back to Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 21, 2012. M23 Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 20, 2012 seized the key eastern city of Goma from Congolese army soldiers. The M23, formed by former members of an ethnic Tutsi rebel group, mutinied in April 2012 after the failure of a 2009 peace deal that integrated them into the regular army. The UN Security Council has unanimously backed a resolution calling for sanctions against two leaders of the M23 rebels. UN experts have said M23 is backed by Rwanda. AFP PHOTO/Stephanie AGLIETTI (Photo credit should read STEPHANIE AGLIETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An United Nations peacekeeper handles a machine gun on the top of an armoured personnel carrier in the streets of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 20, 2012. Rebels in the DRC claimed control of the main town of Goma and its airport, in the mineral-rich east, as President Joseph Kabila urged people to defend the country's sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • DRCONGO-UNREST

    An United Nations peacekeeper handles a machine gun on the top of an armoured personnel carrier in the streets of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 20, 2012. Rebels in the DRC claimed control of the main town of Goma and its airport, in the mineral-rich east, as President Joseph Kabila urged people to defend the country's sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A M23 rebel walks down a boulevard in central Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 20, 2012. Rebels in the DRC claimed control of the main town of Goma and its airport, in the mineral-rich east, as President Joseph Kabila urged people to defend the country's sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Kadogo Ombeni, 27, stands near the Rwandan border with Congo with a suitcase on his head after fleeing his home in the Bujovu Kabutembo district of Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 20, 2012. Kadogo Ombeni said that government troops told residents of the area to 'evacuate' their homes last night, as the risk of an assault between M23 rebels and the army grew. 'If the authorities allow me to cross the border, I will. I don't have anywhere else to take refuge' he said. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Students from the Architecture and Urbanism institute (I.S.A.U -Institut superieur d'architecture et d'urbanisme) hold hand drawn posters during a protest against civil unrest on November 20, 2012 outside their university in Kinshasa. The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila is in Uganda to hold talks with his counterpart Yoweri Museveni, as rebels overrun the eastern Congolese town of Goma, officials said Tuesday. 'He is here and they are going to meet,' said Mak Makonga, Kabila's director of protocol, without giving more details. AFP PHOTO / Junior D.Kanah (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • DRCONGO-POLITICS-UNREST-KABILA

    Students from the Architecture and Urbanism institute (I.S.A.U -Institut superieur d'architecture et d'urbanisme) hold hand drawn posters during a protest against civil unrest on November 20, 2012 outside their university in Kinshasa. The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila is in Uganda to hold talks with his counterpart Yoweri Museveni, as rebels overrun the eastern Congolese town of Goma, officials said Tuesday. 'He is here and they are going to meet,' said Mak Makonga, Kabila's director of protocol, without giving more details. Banner R reads ' Why Us - No to war'AFP PHOTO / Junior D.Kanah (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Twelve year old amputee Kakule Elie, hit by a stray bullet, lies in a bed in a hospital in Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 20, 2012. The hospital says it has admitted 37 injured people since yesterday, from stray bullets and shrapnel. Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebels, who on Tuesday claimed to have taken over the eastern city of Goma, have called on all government soldiers and police to surrender as President Joseph Kabila urged people to defend the country's sovereignty. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    M23 rebels stand outside a building in the city of Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 20, 2012. Rebels in the DRC claimed control of the main town of Goma and its airport, in the mineral-rich east, as President Joseph Kabila urged people to defend the country's sovereignty. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • DRCONGO-POLITICS-UNREST-KABILA

    Students from the Architecture and Urbanism institute (I.S.A.U -Institut superieur d'architecture et d'urbanisme) hold hand written signs during a protest against civil unrest on November 20, 2012 outside their university in Kinshasa. The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila is in Uganda to hold talks with his counterpart Yoweri Museveni, as rebels overrun the eastern Congolese town of Goma, officials said Tuesday. 'He is here and they are going to meet,' said Mak Makonga, Kabila's director of protocol, without giving more details. Sign reads, : Too much is too much. What do you want with the Congo' AFP PHOTO / Junior D.Kanah (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • DRCONGO-POLITICS-UNREST-KABILA

    A students from the Architecture and Urbanism institute (I.S.A.U -Institut superieur d'architecture et d'urbanisme) holds a hand written sign during a protest against civil unrest on November 20, 2012 outside their university in Kinshasa. The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila is in Uganda to hold talks with his counterpart Yoweri Museveni, as rebels overrun the eastern Congolese town of Goma, officials said Tuesday. 'He is here and they are going to meet,' said Mak Makonga, Kabila's director of protocol, without giving more details. Sign reads, : Too much is too much. What do you want with the Congo' AFP PHOTO / Junior D.Kanah (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

  • DRCONGO-POLITICS-UNREST-KABILA

    Students from the Architecture and Urbanism institute (I.S.A.U -Institut superieur d'architecture et d'urbanisme) hold hand drawn posters during a protest against civil unrest on November 20, 2012 outside their university in Kinshasa. The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila is in Uganda to hold talks with his counterpart Yoweri Museveni, as rebels overrun the eastern Congolese town of Goma, officials said Tuesday. 'He is here and they are going to meet,' said Mak Makonga, Kabila's director of protocol, without giving more details. Banner R reads ' Why Us - No to war'AFP PHOTO / Junior D.Kanah (Photo credit should read Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A pair of abandoned sandals stand in the entrance to a stripped shelter built in Kanyarucinya on the outskirts of Goma in the restive North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 19, 2012.Thousands fled the impromptu camp for displaced persons yesterday following heavy fighting between the Congolese government army and M23 rebels. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An M23 rebel stands holding a spear at a forward position in the hills of Kanyarucinya on the outskirts of Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 19, 2012. DR Congo's M23 rebels who have closed in on the main eastern city of Goma warned that they will continue their fight against the government unless it opens direct talks with them within 24 hours. The rebels said in a statement they will 'pursue the resistance against the government of Kinshasa until it falls' unless it starts 'direct political negotiations' with the insurgents within the next 24 hours and demilitarises Goma and the city's airport. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A displaced Congolese woman who is sheltering at a nearby United Nations base walks through an abandoned camp for the displaced in Kanyarucinya on the outskirts of Goma in the restive North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 19, 2012. Thousands fled the impromptu camp for displaced persons yesterday following heavy fighting between the Congolese government army, supported by the United Nations, and M23 rebels. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Congolese lady runs through the city following the sound of shell fire and gunshots in Goma, the major eastern city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 19, 2012. Rebels and government troops in DRC resumed fighting on the outskirts of the key city of Goma, witnesses said. Weapons fire occurred in the neighbourhoods of Munigi and Mudga, to the north and northwest of the city, causing Goma residents to flee south or toward the Rwanda border. AFP PHOTO/PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Internally displaced (IDP) Congolese sit inside a United Nations base in Monigi, 5km from Goma, as they seek shelter after being forced to flee a temporary IDP camp on the outskirts of Goma where battles between M23 soldiers and Congolese regular army soldiers took place, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 18, 2012. Government soldiers were fleeing the eastern DR Congo city of Goma in large numbers today as rebels advanced to the gates of the regional capital after fresh fighting erupted in the area last week, a UN source said. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Uruguayan United Nations peacekeepers look through binoculars at M23 rebel positions on the outskirts of Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 18, 2012. Government soldiers were fleeing the eastern DR Congo city of Goma in large numbers today as rebels advanced to the gates of the regional capital after fresh fighting erupted in the area last week, a UN source said. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • DRCONGO-UN-UNREST

    Internally displaced (IDP) Congolese sit inside a United Nations base in Monigi, 5km from Goma, as they seek shelter after being forced to flee a temporary IDP camp on the outskirts of Goma where battles between M23 soldiers and Congolese regular army soldiers took place, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 18, 2012. Government soldiers were fleeing the eastern DR Congo city of Goma in large numbers today as rebels advanced to the gates of the regional capital after fresh fighting erupted in the area last week, a UN source said. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A displaced Congolese woman and her child sit inside a United Nations base in Monigi, 5km from Goma, as they seek shelter after being forced to flee a temporary IDP camp on the outskirts of Goma where battles between M23 soldiers and Congolese regular army soldiers took place, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on November 18, 2012. Government soldiers were fleeing the eastern DR Congo city of Goma in large numbers today as rebels advanced to the gates of the regional capital after fresh fighting erupted in the area last week, a UN source said. AFP PHOTO / PHIL MOORE (Photo credit should read PHIL MOORE/AFP/Getty Images)

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