The Congolese rebel leader has threatened to move his troops into the eastern city of Goma if the Democratic Republic of Congo's government will not engage in talks.
Renegade General Laurent Nkunda says he is ready to negotiate with the government after declaring a cease-fire on Wednesday with government forces and U.N. peacekeepers. Nkunda's rebels are currently just outside Goma.
Nkunda claims his troops are defending ethnic Tutsis against Rwandan Hutu fighters who crossed into Congo after Rwanda's 1994 genocide.U.N. forces say the city remains tense but relatively calm after a bout of overnight violence.Residents say Congolese troops retreating from a rebel advance killed at least five people and raped several women while engaging in looting early Thursday.
The U.N. Refugee Agency says humanitarian situation is worsening as one million people have been affected by the crisis. Thousands of refugees have poured into neighboring Rwanda and Uganda, and some have returned to Goma trying to find safety.