Peace deal signing ceremony between Congo and M23 rebels delayed

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Posted: Nov 11, 2013 1:15 PM
Peace deal signing ceremony between Congo and M23 rebels delayed

ENTEBBE, Uganda (Reuters) - A ceremony to wrap up a peace deal between Congo and defeated M23 rebels was delayed on Monday evening after the two sides disagreed on the wording of the pact, a Ugandan minister said.

The agreement aimed at ending the Democratic Republic of Congo's most serious conflict in a decade was due to be signed in Entebbe at 6 p.m. (10 a.m. ET).

"The stumbling point is the parties cannot agree on whether they are signing a peace agreement or a declaration. They agree on the content, but not the title. The Congolese government says it came here to sign a declaration," Uganda's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem told Reuters.

(Reporting by Richard Lough; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Andrew Heavens)