Rwanda's president, Paul Kagame, remained defiant in the face of growing international condemnation of his country's military meddling in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Kagame rejected allegations at the UN on Thursday that Rwanda was supporting a deadly rebel insurgency in the east of the DRC, saying: "Solving the crisis will be impossible if the international community continues to define the issue erroneously."
The rebel militia M23, led by Bosco Ntaganda, a warlord wanted by the international criminal court, has been fighting government soldiers in eastern Congo's North Kivu province since April. An estimated 470,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.
On Thursday, Kagame and the DRC president, Joseph Kabila, met Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, and member states on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York.
"Most participants strongly condemned all forms of external support to the M23 and other negative forces in the DRC, and demanded the immediate and permanent cessation of such support," a summary of the meeting said. "Some participants cautioned that those supporting the M23 could also be held accountable.