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DR Congo: African leaders sign UN-backed peace accord

Regional African leaders have signed a UN-brokered accord which aims to bring peace to the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The agreement, signed by leaders and representatives of 11 countries of the Great Lakes region, may lead to the establishment of a special UN intervention brigade in eastern Congo, along with political efforts to bring peace.

As many as 800,000 people have been displaced since the March 23 rebel group took up arms against the Kinshasa government last May.

The BBC's Nick Childs explains the significance of the deal.

  • 24 Feb 2013
  • From the section Africa