Rwandan forces, invited by long-time enemy Congo to deploy up to 2,000 troops, were there to observe, not to fight Hutu militias, the government said.
Congo allowed the Rwandan troops to cross its border on Tuesday to help disarm deeply entrenched Rwandan Hutu militias who fled to Congo after Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, Congolese government spokesman Lambert Mende said.
But Mr Mende said Rwandan soldiers were on “an observation mission” to monitor how the army would disarm militias. “Rwandan troops will not engage in fighting,” he said in Kinshasa. He also said Congo wanted to disarm and repatriate the militias peacefully, “not kill them”.