Nov. 27 - The Congolese government rejected demands made by rebels known as M23 to hold national talks, release political prisoners and dissolve the electoral commission. Sarah Irwin reports.
Rebels in Democratic Republic of Congo issue their ultimatum -- they will end their occupation of the city of Goma if the government accepts their demands. Jean-Marie Runiga is political head of the so-called M23 rebels. He says the group would withdraw only if the government held national talks, released political prisoners and dissolved the electoral commission. The Congolese government rejected the demands - dismissing them as a farce. The rebels - who the U.N. said are backed by Rwanda - captured the eastern city of Goma last week. After an eight-month insurgency, deadlock could lead to all out war - in an area plagued by two decades of conflict that killed more than five million people.