Situation in Kanyabayonga worries MONUC

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The spokesman for the UN Mission in DR Congo (MONUC), Hamadoun Toure, has expressed concern over what he said was a confusing situation in Kanyabayong, where Ugandan and Rwandan troops were reportedly disputing frontline positions.
At a weekly press conference, Toure said Wednesday that the UN mission had received written complaints from both the Rwanda- backed RCD/Goma rebel movement and the RCD/ML, backed by Uganda.
Fearing the situation might degenerate into a clash between Ugandan and Rwandan troops inside Congo, as was the case in Kisangani last year, the UN secretary general's representative in Amos Namanga Ngongi (Cameroonian) urged both sides to show restraint and avoid any action likely to jeopardise the cease- fire.
Furthermore, MONUC forces commander, General Moutaga Diallo (Senegalese), despatched UN observer teams to carry investigate the situation in Kanyabayonga.
Kanyabayonga, which is located over 150 km from Goma, between Rutshuru and Beni in the North-Kivu Province (east of DR Congo), was occupied for a long time by Ugandan troops and their Congolese allies.
In another development, MONUC said it continued last Tuesday with the transfer of 100 former soldiers of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), who took refuge in the Congolese town of Zongo.
A total of 1,215 Central African servicemen took refuge in Zongo following last May's failed coup in Bangui.
MONUC is presently handling the soldiers while the UNHCR is taking charge of civilian refugees from CAR.

26 october 2001 12:28:00

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