UN to back attack on Congo rebels
The UN mission to DR Congo (Monuc) says it will provide support to the joint DR Congo-Rwanda operation against Hutu rebels in the east of the country.
The UN force said it would provide transport for troops and medical assistance, but would not participate directly in the operation.
Rwandan troops entered DR Congo last week and arrested Congolese Tutsi rebel leader Laurent Nkunda. The joint operation is now advancing to flush out the Hutu rebels of the FDLR.
The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) presence in eastern DR Congo has been a key factor in more than a decade of instability in the region.
It is a largely ethnic Hutu militia, some of whose leaders are accused of involvement in Rwanda's 1994 genocide.
Rwanda twice invaded DR Congo in the 1990s, saying it was pursuing the Hutu force.
Gen Nkunda always said his own rebellion was necessary to protect his Congolese Tutsi community from the FDLR.
Members of Gen Nkunda's group, the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP), are joining the Congolese army following a split.