Posted: Oct 19, 2012 4:09 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2012 4:10 PM
UNITED NATIONS (AP) The U.N. Security Council says it intends to impose sanctions on the leaders of the M23 rebel movement in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Guatemala U.N. Ambassador Gert Rosenthal, the current Security Council president, read a statement approved Friday saying targeted sanctions would be applied to M23 leaders and others who are breaking the arms embargo in Congo.
The rebels attacked the Congolese army Wednesday, ending a lull in fighting that had lasted a couple of months.
The M23 rebels have a stronghold on the border with Uganda and Rwanda, which has fueled allegations that Uganda and Rwanda are backing the rebellion as arms are easily smuggled into their territory.
On Tuesday, a leaked U.N. experts panel report accused both Uganda and Rwanda of supporting the rebellion, which both countries strongly deny.