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Uganda denies supporting Congo rebels

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ugandan officials dismiss allegations in a United Nations report that Uganda supports rebels in eastern Congo.

James Mugume, the permanent secretary in Uganda's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, charged Wednesday that the U.N. experts' report is intended to undermine ongoing efforts by regional leaders to resolve the crisis in eastern Congo. Mugume said the report, which has been leaked to the media, accuses Uganda of actively supporting the M23 rebels in eastern Congo, whose mutiny has caused thousands of villagers to flee their homes since April.

Ugandan Foreign Minister Okello Oryem has denounced the claims as "rubbish."

The allegations come as Uganda is leading a regional effort to resolve Congo's rebel crisis by deploying a peace-enforcement force in eastern Congo. Both Uganda and Rwanda deny supporting the rebels.

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