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M23: "Not Observing DRC Ceasefire"

FILE: A M23 rebel walks the streets of the North Kivu town of Rubare near Rutshuru, 75 km (48 miles) north of Goma, Congo. Taken 8.5.2012

The M23 rebel group active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo said on Thursday that it is not bound by a ceasefire deal announced the previous day.

Fresh clashes between M23 rebels and soldiers erupted in eastern DR Congo on Thursday, officials said, as the militia declared that it was not bound by a ceasefire agreement.

M23 spokesman Willy Ngoma told AFP that the deal brokered between the Congolese and Rwandan presidents in Angola on Wednesday was irrelevant.

"We are Congolese, not Rwandan," he said. "If there's a ceasefire, it can only be between us and the Congolese government."

The announcement comes after talks between the DRC's leader Felix Tshisekedi and Rwanda's Paul Kagame in Angola on Wednesday raised the prospect of a ceasefire between the M23 and the Congolese government.

M23 fighters and Congolese troops engaged in fresh clashes in Congo's eastern North Kivu province on Thursday, according to several sources.