Congo peace deal put on hold amid disagreement between Congo's M23 rebels and the government

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Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 1:33 AM

ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) — Congo's government and the M23 rebels were expected to sign a peace deal Monday, but that's been postponed.

A Ugandan government spokesman says Congolese officials are asking for more time to study the agreement. The delay comes after nearly a year of negotiations, and Congo's government has had a copy of the document for at least three days. Congolese officials are not commenting.

International envoys to the region issued a joint statement expressing regret and noting that the parties have expressed no differences on substantive points within the draft document.

Uganda's deputy foreign minister tells The Associated Press that Congo's government insists it will sign a "declaration" that the rebellion is over, but not "an agreement" with the M23 rebels. He says the issue reflects the difficulty of mediating peace between the two sides.

It's unclear when the two parties will meet again.

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