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Kabila's credibility at risk... US envoy

(8:00am AEST)
Zaire's rebel leader has been told his credibility was at stake over reports of atrocities committed by the forces he controls.

The U.S State Department wants Laurent Kabila to allow a UN team into Zaire's Kisangani region where they'd investigate claims of refugee massacres and mistreatment.

State Department spokesman, Nicholas Burns, said if Mister Kabila became Zaire's next leader, allegations of atrocities put his credibility at stake.

Mr Kabila has said anyone involved in killings will be punished.

Meanwhile, UNHCR spokesman, Paul Stromberg,

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Aid Workers Try to Clear Refugees in Zaire

Thursday May 1 8:48 AM EDT
KISANGANI, Zaire (Reuter) - U.N. agencies, accused by Rwanda's government of delaying repatriation, struggled on Thursday to clear a backlog of some 2,000 Rwandan refugees waiting to be airlifted home from Zaire.

Aid officials said a train with more than 1,200 refugees pulled into Kisangani on Wednesday night and workers scrambled to cram them in a transit camp near the city's largest airport.

The train, the second to arrive on Wednesday, was organised by the Tutsi-dominated rebel Alliance of Democratic Forces

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IRIN Emergency Update No. 162 on the Great Lakes

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IRIN Emergency Update No.162 on the Great Lakes (Thursday 01 May 1997)

- Face-to-face talks between Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko and rebel leader Laurent-Desire Kabila appeared to back on track after both sides finally agreed to meet on board a South African warship in international waters. The meeting, originally planned

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Flying the refugees home

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DATE=5/1/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-213671
TITLE=ZAIRE REFUGEES (L)
BYLINE=SCOTT STEARNS
DATELINE=NAIROBI
CONTENT=
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INTRO: AID AGENCIES CONTINUED TO FLY RWANDAN REFUGEES HOME FROM ZAIRE TODAY (THURSDAY). BUT, AS V-O-A'S SCOTT STEARNS REPORTS, RWANDA'S GOVERNMENT HAS CRITICIZED INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS, SAYING IT COULD DO A BETTER JOB ITSELF.

TEXT: THE U-N REFUGEE AGENCY FLEW MORE THAN 14-HUNDRED REFUGEES BACK TO RWANDA THURSDAY. FOUR ILYUSHIN CARGO FLIGHTS BROUGHT MORE THAN 11-HUNDRED PEOPLE TO THE CAPITAL, KIGALI.

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Zaire Watch News Briefs 1 May 1997

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ADFL forces are reported by observers on the scene to be advancing toward Kinshasa from Ilebo, Tshikapa, Kananga and Kikwit. There are reports government soldiers are destroying bridges in the area of Kenge, probably referring to those crossing the Kwengo River. Mining officials who were in the area report seeing tanks, armored personnel carriers, and long-range artillery in the advancing ADFL force. Zaire Watch has not kept close scrutiny on ADFL military capabilities, but finds the report about tanks and long-range artillery
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Bulletin quotidien no 162 d'information sur la region des Grands Lacs

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IRIN: Bulletin quotidien no 162 d'information sur la region des Grands Lacs (du jeudi 1er mai 97)

* Les pourparlers, face-a-face, entre le President zairois Mobutu Sese Seko et les chef des rebelles Laurent-Desire Kabila, sont apparemment de retour sur les rails, apres que les deux partis se soient finalement mis d'accord pour se rencontrer a bord d'un bateau de guerre sud africain sur des eaux internationales. La reunion, prevue

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More Rwandan Hutu Refugees in Zaire Flown Home

4:41 PM EDT
BIARO CAMP, Zaire (Reuter) - Thousands more Rwandan Hutu refugees, many with appalling injuries, streamed back to camps south of Kisangani Thursday as U.N. agencies struggled to clear a backlog of refugees waiting to be airlifted home.

Aid workers at Biaro camp, 25 miles south of Kisangani, said they could not keep up with the flood of refugees returning to the camps they fled in terror last week.

They said that at least a dozen people had died in Biaro camp overnight either from illness or from injuries.

Rebel leader Laurent Kabila Sunday gave

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Great Lakes Crisis at a glance 1 May 1997

UN agencies airlift more than 1,800 Rwandan refugees to Rwanda as repatriation from the central Zairian town of Kisangani gets underway.
UNHCR expands transit center in Kisangani to accommodate more refugees.

More than 20,000 refugees have re-emerged at a makeshift camp at Biaro south of Kisangani requesting to be repatriated to Rwanda.

DEVELOPMENTS

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sadako Ogata, said on 28 April in New York the 60-day period given by the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire

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Emergency Stocks

(Excerpt)
Weekly News

The International Federation and the Zairean Red Cross are distributing food and soap to 12,500 displaced and vulnerable
people in Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire. Life-saving medicines for up to 30,000 people are being sent to three districts in the western part of the country where the shortage of drugs is especially acute in the wake of recent upheavals in the country.
The Federation is also stockpiling emergency supplies in case trouble arises in Kinshasa and surrounding areas. Food, plastic sheeting, hygiene articles

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IRIN Emergency Update No. 161 on the Great Lakes

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IRIN Emergency Update No.161 on the Great Lakes (Wednesday 30 April 1997)

- As Zairean rebels pressed on towards Kinshasa, diplomatic endeavours continued to bring about direct talks between rebel leader Laurent-Desire Kabila and President Mobutu Sese Seko. However, yesterday's hopes that the talks would finally be held appeared to be dashed

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Zaire Rebels Vow to Take War to Kinshasa

LUBUMBASHI, Zaire (Reuter) - Zairean rebels Wednesday shrugged off President Mobutu Sese Seko's refusal to hold talks and said they would take their war to the capital Kinshasa.
A senior aide to rebel chief Laurent Kabila told Reuters the rebels had nothing to lose from Mobutu's refusal to meet Kabila on a South African navy ship. Rebel foreign policy strategist Bizima Karaha said: ''No change in venue will be accepted by us.''

The aide said rebels were consolidating a push towards the capital from Kikwit, 390 km (240 miles) east of Kinshasa,

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Refugees Continue to Die in Eastern Zaire

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Despite promises by rebel leader Laurent Kabila, events on the ground suggest that tens of thousands of refugees are still in imminent danger. The following are just a few instances of the deliberate rebel policy of dispersing and killing refugees, while denying aid workers the ability to deliver life-saving assistance:

On April 26, uniformed soldiers stormed a pediatric hospital for refugee children near Bukavu, abducting almost

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Envoy: Zaire's Mobutu, Kabila to Meet Friday

4:56 PM EDT
KINSHASA, Zaire (Reuter) - U.S. envoy Bill Richardson said Wednesday Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko and rebel leader Laurent Kabila agreed to hold their first face-to-face meeting Friday on a South African ship in the Atlantic.

"The meeting will take place Friday on a South African ship. The ship will be sailing from Libreville into international waters," he said after one hour and 40 minutes of talks with Mobutu.

"Hopefully it will lead to peace in Zaire," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations told reporters in Kinshasa.

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Zaire Watch News Briefs 30 Apr 1997

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Highlights from American UN Ambassador Richardson's visit to Zaire are as follows:
Reports from journalists traveling with the Richardson party say that the ambassador carried a note from President Clinton asking Mr. Mobutu to step down, and that he reaffirmed that note verbally to Mr. Mobutu during their face-to-face meeting. Reinforcing this notion, State Department Burns said "We believe the time for a transition has come. We believe the era of Mobutu is over. The institutions he has built are crumbling, before his eyes and everyone else's eyes."
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Immediate need for international action for the protection of refugees

(April 30, 1997) Human Rights Watch today urged immediate international action to save the lives of thousands of Rwandan refugees threatened by military attack, hunger and disease in eastern Zaire. The statement followed news of the abduction and feared murder of fifty children from a pediatric hospital and attacks by soldiers of the rebel Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire (ADFL) which drove some 85,000 people far fom much needed food and medicine.
Peter Takirambudde, Director of Human Rights Watch/Africa, stated: "These outrages are only the most recent
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Airlift of Rwandan Refugees from Zaire Starts

4:59 PM EDT
KISANGANI, Zaire (Reuter) - An airlift home of Rwandan refugees from Zaire began in earnest Wednesday but swiftly hit problems when a fuel shortage grounded more than two flights.

The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said 186 unaccompanied refugee children left Kisangani's international airport for Rwanda's capital Kigali on an Ilyushin plane and 50 more refugees flew out on another aircraft.

"This is the start of the airlift which we hope will break the logjam and get these refugees home," said UNHCR spokesman Peter Kessler. But officials in Kisangani said

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Bulletin quotidien no 161 d'information sur la region des Grands Lacs

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IRIN: Bulletin quotidien no 161 d'information sur la region des Grands Lacs (du mercredi 30 avril 97)

* Alors que les rebelles zairois continuent d'avancer sur Kinshasa, les efforts diplomatiques sont toujours orientes ver l'organisations de pourparlers directes entre le chef des rebelles Laurent-Desire Kabila et le President Mobutu Sese Seko. Cependant, les espoirs d'hier, comme quoi les pourparlers auraient finalement lieu, ont

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Info-Zaire - No. 126

Translated from a document produced by Entraide Missionnaire (Emi) - Montreal The Alliance Advances
After the fall of Kisangani, where most of the war effort had been concentrated, and following the flight of the mercenaries, hose cruelty was only revealed after the fact, the soldiers of the Alliance des forces democratiques pour la liberation du Congo-Zaire (AFDL) have sped up their advance, as might have been expected. The mercenaries took combat planes and helicopters with them, laying open the entire country to the AFDL forces. As they continued to advance,
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Statement of the President of the Security Council on the Situation in the Great Lakes Region

S/PRST/1997/24
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

At the 3773rd meeting of the Security Council, held on 30 April 1997 in connection with the Council's consideration of the item
entitled "The situation in the Great Lakes region", the President of the Security Council made the following statement on behalf of the Council:

"The Security Council reaffirms the statement of its President of 24 April 1997 (S/PRST/1997/22) and welcomes the recent
agreement by the President of Zaire and the leader of the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo/Zaire

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Rebels claim Kikwit is under threat

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DATE=4/29/97
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-213541
TITLE=ZAIRE / REBELS (S ONLY)
BYLINE=SCOTT STEARNS
DATELINE=NAIROBI
CONTENT=
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INTRO: REBELS IN ZAIRE SAY THEY ARE CLOSING IN ON THE STRATEGIC TOWN OF KIKWIT, ABOUT 400 KILOMETERS FROM THE CAPITAL. V-O-A'S SCOTT STEARNS REPORTS, THE ZAIREAN GOVERNMENT SAYS ITS FORCES STILL HOLD THE TOWN.

TEXT: REBELS SAY THEY ARE ALREADY IN CONTROL OF THE NEIGHBORING TOWNS OF IDIOFA AND GUNGU AND ARE APPROACHING KIKWIT FROM THE EAST AND SOUTHEAST. REBEL RADIO TUESDAY SAID THE ADVANCE IS CONTINUING.