Kampala - A Ugandan government spokesperson says the
military commander of Congo's M23 rebels "is not a prisoner" in
Uganda and may only be handed over to Congolese authorities after a final peace
accord has been signed.
Ofwono Opondo said on Tuesday that Sultani Makenga, who is
the subject of international sanctions for serious crimes, doesn't face
immediate arrest in Uganda. He said Makenga is being protected by Ugandan
authorities because he surrendered with at least 1 665 of his fighters.
Uganda's neutrality as mediator of the DRC peace talks has been
doubtful since a United Nations report said some in its military supported M23.
The talks have repeatedly stalled, and a planned
accord-signing ceremony on Monday was postponed after Congolese officials asked
for more time to review the final document.