Rwanda and DRC agree on international border force

  • Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have agreed in principal to allow a neutral international force to patrol their borders.

    The proposed force aims to tackle militia groups in eastern DR Congo.

    The agreement was reached by leaders of the two countries on the sidelines of an African Union summit.

    DR Congo and Rwanda have in the past accused each other of supporting rival rebel groups.

    The Rwandan government denies accusations that it is backing Congolese Tutsi-led rebels.

    The conflict, which has killed and displaced million of civilians over nearly 20 years and dates back to Rwanda's 1994 genocide.