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30 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 30 November (IRIN) - A landmark agreement has been reached to stop the trade in "conflict diamonds". The agreement reached in Gaborone, Botswana would see the introduction of a certificate of origin for all rough diamonds to track the gems as they are exported from their country of origin to middle men and then finally to the diamond firms that will process the stones.

30 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
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IRIN-SA
Tel: +27 11 880-4633
Fax: +27 11 447-5472

30 Nov 2001 description
report Xinhua

KAMPALA, Nov 29, 2001 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has planned to provide about 12 million U.S. dollars to refugee projects in Uganda, UNHCR representative in Uganda Saihou Saidy told a press conference here Thursday.

30 Nov 2001 description

BANGUI, Nov 30 (AFP) - The government in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Friday formed a committee to encourage refugees to return from neighbouring countries where they fled after uprisings against President Ange-Felix Patasse.

30 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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IRIN-CEA
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

30 Nov 2001 description

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30 Nov 2001 description

GOMA, DR Congo, Nov 30 (AFP) - The rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) refused Friday to demilitarise Kisangani, the third largest city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, despite UN requirements to do so.

30 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
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Pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est
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30 Nov 2001 description

GABORONE, Nov 30 (AFP) - A pact to curb the trade in "blood diamonds" has been reached with agreement on international certification for rough diamond exports and imports, officials said as talks wound up Friday in Botswana.

29 Nov 2001 description

The international community is responding with laudably generous financial contributions to assist refugees from Afghanistan, but refugee relief programs in most other regions of the world are begging for adequate financial support in the final weeks of 2001, particularly in Africa.

29 Nov 2001 description
report UN News Service

The head of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) met today with rebel leaders to discuss the deployment of UN troops to a part of the country under their control.

29 Nov 2001 description

KINSHASA, Nov 29 (AFP) - A senior UN official was scheduled Thursday to hold talks with rebel leaders on the demilitarisation of Kisangani, third largest city in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC.)
A UN official said Amos Namanaga Ngongi, special envoy of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, was to meet in the rebel-held town of Goma with leaders of the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) on the fate of Kisangani, also in the hands of rebels and their Rwandan backers.

29 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 29 November (IRIN) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Namanga Ngongi, said on Wednesday that Zimbabwe had "reaffirmed its willingness" to comply with UN Security Council resolutions on the DRC.

29 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 29 novembre (IRIN) - Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire-Général de l'ONU en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), Namanga Ngongi, a déclaré mercredi que le Zimbabwe avait "réaffirmé sa volonté" de se conformer aux résolutions du Conseil de sécurité sur la RDC.

29 Nov 2001 description

LONDON, Nov 29 (AFP) - The British and French foreign ministers are to travel jointly to Africa's troubled Great Lakes region as part of efforts to establish lasting peace there, French President Jacques Chirac said Thursday.

29 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 29 November (IRIN) - The Zimbabwean government has dismissed findings by a UN panel of experts that it is involved in the plundering of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

29 Nov 2001 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 29 November (IRIN) - Delegates attending talks on "conflict diamond" in Gaborone, Botswana have reached a tentative agreement to help stem the trade in the illegal gems that are fuelling conflicts in countries like Angola, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

29 Nov 2001 description

Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Unarmed opposition political parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo are scheduled to meet in Brussels from 15-16 January 2002, a spokesman of the Belgian foreign ministry, Koen Vervaeke, announced here Wednesday.

28 Nov 2001 description

Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Diseases formerly regarded as eradicated, such as plague and whooping cough, have recently resurfaced in the DR Congo, due to lack of access to health care, charity organisations reported.

28 Nov 2001 description

KAMPALA, Nov 28 (AFP) - At least 87 people have died and more than 1,000 others have fled following clashes between Ugandan soldiers and tribal militias in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), DRC rebel sources said here Wednesday.