Military technicians and advisers from Zimbabwe have arrived in Congo's capital to lend support to President Laurent Kabila's embattled army, the government said Friday.
Information Minister Didier Mumengi Friday confirmed that the Zimbabweans had started to arrive and said more were expected in the coming days.Zimbabwe is the only country providing military support for Kabila. Zambia, Namibia and Angola also say they back Kabila, but in no specific terms.
Kabila accuses Rwanda and Uganda of backing the rebel forces. Rwanda and Uganda deny involvement. Rwanda said Friday it wants a cease-fire, but warned it still could intervene to protect its borders.
Earlier, the Rwandan Ambassador to South Africa, Ben Karenzi, had warned that the presence of Zimbabwean troops could lead to a "bloodbath," and said Rwanda is prepared to send troops into eastern Congo.