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David Mckenzie CNN

(CNN) -- Defiant rebel forces remained in control of the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday, hours after a deadline set by regional leaders and the African Union for them to leave had passed.


The M23 group's political leader, Jean-Marie Runiga, told reporters in Goma that the rebels would hold their ground until negotiations start with the Congolese government and their conditions are met.

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The group's demands include the release of political prisoners, the investigation of alleged targeted killings in the country, the dismissal of the national election commission and the examination of the results of last year's election.

The M23 group was named for a peace deal reached on March 23, 2009, which it accuses the government of violating.

African leaders who convened in neighboring Uganda over the weekend released a statement demanding that the M23 group withdraw at least 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Goma as a condition of initiating negotiations. The Great Lakes region leaders called on the rebels to "stop all war activities," and "stop talk of overthrowing an elected government."

M23 leaders said Monday that they would leave the conflict-scarred city only if talks were successful. Both rebel and government troops were massing west of Goma, setting the scene for possible future clashes.

Congo Information Minister Lambert Mende Omalanga, in Kinshasa, described the M23 response as "really childish."

He told CNN: "We think these people are not taking this seriously, which makes them very dangerous."

Omalanga said the rebels' objectives are unclear and, as a result, he doubts they have any intention to negotiate because "they don't know what they want."

He accused the rebels of being "busy looting Goma," adding that they have pillaged public buildings and hospitals and tried to break into a bank.

Congolese army spokesman Col. Olivier Hamuli said the armed forces were awaiting guidance from the government and would abide by a cease-fire until they were told to do otherwise.

Speaking Tuesday, Runiga said that the rebels want to sit down and discuss the March 23 agreement with civil society, the government and a broad spectrum of the Congolese people to come up with lasting solutions on good governance, democracy, the economy and security.

He also said an investigation should be undertaken into the distribution of weapons in eastern Congo and "foreign" armed groups working in Congo -- such as the Lord's Resistance Army and the FDLR, a Hutu-dominated Congolese group -- should be defeated.

Runiga claimed that the FDLR tried to attack Rwanda on Tuesday, but members of M23 arrested its fighters. Comment from the Rwandese government was not immediately available.

Runiga also said the M23 would maintain a humanitarian corridor and called on people to respect the role of MONUSCO, the U.N. peacekeeping force in the region mandated to protect civilians.

He asked people to respect the U.N. peacekeepers' presence in Goma and not to throw rocks at passing patrols.

MONUSCO forces took a back seat as army forces battled the rebels for control of the key eastern city last week.

Runiga also warned that if President Joseph Kabila and his government do not want to negotiate, the rebels will push on to South Kivu and the capital, Kinshasa, where they will overthrow the government by force. The M23 group has made similar threats in the past.

Omalanga, the information minister, said the Congolese government is evaluating the effectiveness of MONUSCO in light of the peacekeepers' response to the rebels' seizure of Goma.

The government is not jumping to conclusions, Omalanga said, but he added: "They don't have an appropriate mandate -- this must absolutely change if the U.N. wants it to be effective in Congo."

Meanwhile, in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima set out details of the plan agreed by the Great Lakes region leaders at the weekend.

It foresees an integrated force being deployed for an initial period of three months at Goma airport. It would include a 100-strong neutral force, which would be in command, 100 troops from the Congolese army, and 100 members of the M23, Nyakairima said. Two military observers would also be deployed from each of the neighboring regional powers, while MONUSCO would be responsible for securing a buffer zone.

The deadlines stipulated under the plan outlined by Nyakairima are already slipping, with the M23 group supposed to have begun its withdrawal from Goma by noon on Tuesday. That withdrawal is meant to be complete within 48 hours, save for the force of 100 to be left at the airport.

The Congolese army should be back on the streets of Goma on Thursday, according to the proposal.

At the United Nations on Monday, a spokesman for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the rebels "to immediately lay down their arms in accordance with the agreements reached in Kampala and comply with the immediate withdrawal of their forces from Goma."

The spokesman, Eduardo del Buey, said Ban would also make sure that the U.N. peacekeeping mission MONUSCO is able "to respond to the evolving challenges."

But, he added: "The mandate of MONUSCO is to protect civilians. It is not to fight the M23 on its own. That is the responsibility of the Congolese armed forces, and the maintaining of security is the primary responsibility of the Congolese police."

Rene Abandi, a spokesman for the M23 group, told reporters on the sidelines of the Great Lakes region conference Saturday that the rebels' main aim was to force President Kabila to agree to talks.

CNN's Laura Smith-Spark, Christine Theodorou and Brian Walker contributed to this report.

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