Peace boat gets warm welcome in Kinsangani

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A Peace Boat chartered by the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) to initiate the reopening of traffic on the River Congo between Kinshasa and rebel-held Kisangani, was warmly welcomed by populations last Tuesday.
A fortnight ago the convoy including a barge a tugboat left Mbandaka in the northern province of Equateur to assess the navigability and safety of the River, which had been closed to traffic since the war broke out on 2 August 1998.
A second convoy comprising two launches from the Uruguayan naval unit and a barge carrying road tankers for water and fuel supply was due Mbandaka on 16 June from Kinshasa.
MONUC initiated the navigation trials in readiness for a return to normalcy in the DR Congo.
Officials of international organisations, notably OAU secretary-general Salim Ahmed Salim and UN assistant secretary- general in charge of peacekeeping Michael Sheenan, recently visited the country to assess the cease-fire process and MONUC's needs.

21 june 2001 15:26:00

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