The regional leaders in Uganda’s capital said The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, or MONUSCO, is to occupy and provide security in the ‘‘neutral zone between Goma and the new areas occupied by M23.’’ It also called for the creation of a ‘‘composite force’’ to guard Goma’s strategic airport that would feature soldiers from other African countries as well as M23 and the Congolese national army. Regional governments are considering dispatching a ‘‘natural international force’’ to eastern Congo, but it remains unclear when it would materialize.
South Africa offered Saturday to contribute some money toward the force, but only Tanzania has offered troops so far. Angola and Kenya, which are eligible to contribute troops, have not announced their offers.
Muhumuza reported from Kampala, Uganda.