Congo rebel threatens war unless government opens talks

Other News Materials 4 November 2008 16:58 (UTC +04:00)

Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda said on Tuesday he would extend his eastern guerrilla war to the capital Kinshasa unless the government agreed to political negotiations with him, reported Reuters.

"If they refuse to negotiate, it will mean they will be ready to only fight and we will fight them because we have to fight for our freedom," Nkunda said at his hilltop headquarters in Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern North Kivu province.

He told Reuters his next offensive would not stop at the North Kivu provincial capital Goma but would target Kinshasa, the national capital well over 1,500 km (950 miles) to the west.