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DR Congo rebels refuse to demilitarise Kisangani

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.
The RCD has previously reaffirmed its readiness to demilitarise the main town in the heart of rebel-held territory in Orientale province, but now accuses the Kinshasa government of breaching its own commitments.

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WFP Emergency Report No. 48 of 2001

This report includes:
(A) United Nations Consolidated Appeals

(B) West and Central Asia Region: (1) Regional Overview, (2) Afghanistan, (3) Pakistan, (4) Iran, (5) Tajikistan, (6) Uzbekistan

(C) Latin America and Caribbean Region: (1) Guatemala, (2) Honduras, (3) Belize, (4) Peru, (5) Colombia

(D) Central Africa Region: (1) Angola, (2) Namibia, (3) Democratic Republic of Congo

(E) West Africa Region: Sierra Leone

(F) Eastern Europe Region (Balkans): (1) Kosovo, (2) Serbia, (3) Montenegro, (4) Albania

From Francesco Strippoli, Senior Humanitarian

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Burundi + 6 others
East Africa: IRIN-CEA Weekly Round-up 100 covering the period 24 - 30 Nov 2001

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DRC: UN seeks US $194 million for 2002 programmes

United Nations agencies and their partners in the DRC are seeking a combined total of US $194.1 in funding for humanitarian relief and recovery efforts for the year 2002, the UN Office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Kinshasa announced on Tuesday. The DRC

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Central African Republic appeals for refugees to return home

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.
On Friday evening Patasse will make a radio and television appeal to refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Chad to return, a government official said.

These initiatives, launched the day before the CAR's national holiday on Saturday, are being interpreted as a peace

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UNHCR to fund refugee projects in Uganda

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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.
The UNHCR has given 12 million dollars for refugee projects in Uganda this year and similar amount of money will be provided in the year 2002, Saidy said.

Saidy, who accompanied a UNHCR high level delegation to visit refugee camps in Uganda, said that UNHCR Uganda Office will assist refugees here as much as possible.

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IRIN-SA Weekly Round-up 47 covering the period 24 - 30 Nov 2001

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ZIMBABWE: Government placed under increased pressure

The Zimbabwean government found itself under renewed pressure from the international community this week. On Wednesday 28 November the US Congress passed the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act that calls on the Zimbabwean government to respect the rule

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Africa: Deal reached on ''conflict diamonds''

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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.
The Gaborone meeting, which brought together representatives from the diamond industry, human rights organisations and about 30 countries, was part of the Kimberley Process which is aimed
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Pact on barring 'blood diamond' trade reached in Botswana

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.
"Blood diamonds" or "conflict diamonds" are defined as rough diamonds which are used by rebel movements to finance their activities, or those obtained by using, or threatening to use, coercion or military force.

A ministerial meeting in the Botswanan capital this week gathered nations and organisations which are members

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Bulletin hebdomadaire d'information 100 pour l'Afrique Centrale et de l'Est

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(du 24 au 30 novembre 2001)

RDC: Les agences de l'ONU demandent 194 millions de dollars pour les programmes de 2002

Les agences des Nations Unies et leurs partenaires dans la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) demandent un total combiné de 194,140.365 dollars pour les efforts de secours humanitaires et de redressement au titrre de l'année 2002, a annoncé mardi à Kinshasa

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DRC: UN representative reports on progress of mission

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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.
He was commenting on his Tuesday meeting with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Ngongi said that judging from his recent meetings with parties involved in the peace process, "a new tendency, more favorable towards dialogue rather than armed battles"
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UN envoy in talks on demilitarisation of key DR Congo town

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.

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DR of Congo: UN mission chief, rebels discuss deployment of peacekeepers

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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.
The meeting took place in Goma, near the DRC's border with Rwanda, between Amos Nagama Ngongi and leaders from the RCD rebel movement, which controls an area - Kindu - where UN military and civilian staff will be deployed.

Both sides agreed to the creation of joint technical committees to work out the details of the UN's deployment

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Beyond Afghanistan: Humanitarian aid to refugees worldwide faces $126 million funding crisis

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.
Funding channeled through the UN refugee agency during 2001 for worldwide refugee assistance and protection currently faces a $126 million shortfall for the world's 14 million refugees as well as 2 million former refugees who have only recently returned home. The
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Unarmed DR Congo opposition groups to meet in Brussels

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.
"The Kinshasa government and rebel groups in the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) and the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) will not be invited to that meeting but may attend as observers," Vervaeke told journalists during a weekly news briefing.

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Africa: Tentative agreement reached to stop trade in "conflict diamonds"

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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.
Alex Yearsley from the campaign group Global Witness who is attending the discussions told IRIN: "We have almost reached a final agreement, and we will be ready to present it to the United Nations in December for a resolution to be tabled in the General Assembly."
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DRC-Zimbabwe: IRIN Focus on UN panel report

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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).
"We are not really worried about the report because we know that it is a pack of lies," Minister of Foreign Affairs Stan Mudenge said on Tuesday. "In fact, we know that the report has been created by the British government, who are keen to discredit Zimbabwe at all costs," the official Herald newspaper reported him as saying.
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Britain and France in joint mission to Africa's Great Lakes region

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.
Chirac did not say when Britain's Jack Straw and Hubert Vedrine of France would travel, nor which countries they would be visiting.

The French leader, speaking during a summit meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, acknowledged there had sometimes been "a difference of opinion" between London and

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RDC: Le représentant spécial fait le point sur les progrès de la mission de l'ONU

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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.
Il commentait sa rencontre de mardi avec le président zimbabwéen, Robert Mugabe. M. Ngongi a indiqué que s'il en juge par récents entretiens avec les parties impliquées dans le processus de paix, « une nouvelle tendance, plus favorable au dialogue plutôt qu'aux
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UNDP/Donor mission to Great Lakes Region / Democratic Republic of Congo


(From October/November Transitions Newsletter.)
In order to more deeply analyze and address the nature of the problems relating to Disarmament, Demobilization and Durable Solutions (D3), UNDP/ERD led a mapping and programming mission to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 6 August to 13 September. The main objectives of the mission were to:

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Scores die as DRC militias, Ugandan soldiers clash: rebels

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.
Sources from the rebel Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) said that least 70 locals had died by late Tuesday, and 17 Ugandan soldiers were killed in six days of running clashes in Nyankunde village, near the Ugandan border.

The clashes erupted last Thursday after locals suspected that Ugandan soldiers were involved in the murder of a

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