MONUC sends observers in Bukavu, Uvira

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Two teams with four military observers each have been sent to Bukavu and Uvira in South Kivu Province, the spokesman of the special representative of the UN Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hamadoun Toure, has announced.
Toure told journalists in Kinshasa that the observers were dispatched Thursday following an agreement with leaders of the rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) in Goma.
He revealed that new discussions were underway between MONUC and the RCD to facilitate the deployment of other teams in Bunia and Lubutu, in the Eastern province.
Toure said these teams of observers would be to monitor and report cases of cease-fire violations in their respective areas.
He admitted that fighting had occurred over the past few months between certain signatories of the July 1999 Lusaka peace agreement and unidentified armed groups.
Meanwhile, Toure reported that the population in Mogalo, in the northern Equator Province, had given an enthusiastic reception to the humanitarian convoy, which reached the area on 12 August.
He said that MONUC plans to send another boat with humanitarian supplies to Kisangani, the main town in eastern DRC later.

16 august 2001 22:37:00

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