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Summary of SCF-UK Activities Apr - May 1997

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Background in brief

Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has experienced rapid changes over the last few months, including its name. The DRC witnessed an unprecedented show of force by the ADFL with its capture of Kisangani, the country's second largest city, by Kabila's ADFL on 15 March and its continued advance across the country which ended with the fall of Kinshasa on 17 May some two months later. It has seen the start, from 1 May, of the UN operation to move refugees from forest areas to Kisangani for
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DROC essential to US interests in Africa

(Amb. Richardson testifies in Congress) (610)
By Charles W. Corey
USIA Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DROC) is "essential" to American interests in Africa, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson told Congress November 5, while acknowledging that the country is experiencing both progress and setbacks as it emerges from the Mobutu era.

Richardson was called to the House of Representatives to brief lawmakers on his recent five-day mission to DROC and the surrounding region, which he undertook with Special Presidential

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Emergencies Bulletin - the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Oxfam
The Oxfam Emergencies Bulletin


May 1997 - Stop Press

The Oxfam Emergencies Bulletin aims to give an overview of Oxfams recent emergency work
worldwide, for use in communications work. Check out our What's new? page for the latest
press releases and statements on the situation in Central Africa and other emergencies.
Further information on the emergency work of Oxfam and other humanitarian agencies can
be found on Reliefweb.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has taken the place of Zaïre on the world map since the May
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IRIN Emergency Update No. 185 on the Great Lakes

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for the Great Lakes
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IRIN Emergency Update No.185 on the Great Lakes (30 May 1997)

- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has called for the formation of an African Common Market now that the "big hole in the middle of Africa has been filled up". Speaking in Kinshasa yesterday after the inauguration of Laurent-Desire Kabila as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), he said Kabila's forces had

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Great Lakes Briefing Notes 30 May 1997

The grand total of the Kisangani/Mbandaka airlift now stands at 41,886 refugees flown back to Rwanda. Three sorties from Mbandaka on Thursday returned 595 refugees, bringing the Mbandaka total to 4,715 returnees.

Out of Kisangani, a total of 37,171 refugees have been repatriated by air to date.

Access is still a huge problem. On Wednesday a UNHCR road engineer was prevented from going beyond km 42 to carry out a road inspection. UNHCR believes that large groups of people remain in the forest west of that area.

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WFP Emergency Report No. 22 of 1997: Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania

(Excerpt)
Issued weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme
This report includes: A) Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania B) Uganda C) Sierra Leone D) Angola E) Guatemala.

From P. Ares, Chief, Programming Service. Available on the Internet at WFP Home Page http://www.wfp.org/ or by e-mail from HicksDeb@wfp.org (fax 39 6 5228 2837). For information regarding resources, donors are requested to contact Mr. F. Strippoli (Strippoli@wfp.org)

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U.S.Contributes More Aid to Great Lakes Region

(Funds issued to UNHCR)
WASHINGTON -- The United States is contributing additional funding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for relief in the Great Lakes region, John Dinger, the acting State Department spokesman, announced May 30.

Following is the text of Dinger's statement:

(BEGIN TEXT)

The United States is contributing additional funding in the amount of $12.6 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in response to the 1997 United Nations Consolidated Inter-agency

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Great Lakes Complex Emergency Situation Report #37, FY 1997

Note: The last situation report was dated May 23, 1997.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DROC)

Background

In mid-October 1996, fighting broke out in South Kivu, Zaire between the Zairian army (FAZ) and the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo-Zaire, led by Laurent Kabila. The fighting caused Rwandan and Burundian refugees to flee, prompting more than 700,000 Rwandans and 62,000 Burundians to repatriate by the end of 1996. Hundreds of thousands of refugees also fled west, scattering in small groups in Zaire. The fighting spread, with the Alliance

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Bulletin quotidien no 185 d'information sur la region des Grands Lacs

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IRIN: Bulletin quotidien no 185 d'information sur la region des Grands Lacs (du vendredi 30 mai 1997)

* Le President ougandais, Yoweri Museveni, a appele a la formation d'un Marche Commun Africain "maintenant que le grand trou au millieu de l'Afrique a ete rempli". Il a declare hier a Kinshasa, apres que Laurent-Desire Kabila ait prete serment en tant
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The End Of Mobutu's Dictatorship

Info-Zaire - No 128
Translated from a document produced by Entraide Missionnaire (Emi) - Montreal

The End Of Mobutu's Dictatorship

May 17, the day that troops from the Alliance des forces democratiques pour la liberation du Congo/Zaire (AFDL) arrived in Kinshasa, is a date which will long be remembered in the history of Zaire, a country which is once again being called the Democratic Republic of Congo. Following the capture of the mining regions, and the taking of Kikwit, a city which supplies the capital, there was no

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Crisis in Central Africa Update 30 May 1997

Report
InterAction
Growing unrest continues to reflect discontent with the new government of self-proclaimed President Laurent Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Opposition supporters again have taken to the street protesting the exclusion of their leader Etienne Tshisekedi from the interim government Kabila announced last week. As a result of two earlier protests, Kabilas Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo banned street demonstrations and political party activity. This prompted Faustin Uma Unen, press secretary for Tshisekedis Union for Democracy
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Security Council Expresses Support for People of Democratic Republic of Congo

Security Council
SC/6377
3784th Meeting (Night)
29 May 1997

SECURITY COUNCIL EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO AS 'NEW PERIOD IN THEIR HISTORY' BEGINS

Presidential Statement Also Calls for Immediate End to Violence Against Refugees, Cooperation with UN Mission Investigating Reported Massacres

The Security Council, this evening, expressed its support for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as "they begin a new period in their history", its respect for their legitimate

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IRIN Emergency Update No. 184 on the Great Lakes

Report
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Department of Humanitarian Affairs
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e-mail: irin@dha.unon.org

IRIN Emergency Update No.184 on the Great Lakes (29 May 1997)

- The rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda has stepped up its attacks in Kitgum and Gulu districts in the north, according to various reports. AFP said today four government soldiers were killed in an LRA ambush on the Gulu-Kitgum road on Tuesday. The same day a Catholic mission 32 kms south of Kitgum was raided

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Bulletin quotidien no 184 d'information sur la region des Grands Lacs

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IRIN: Bulletin quotidien no 184 d'information sur la region des Grands Lacs (du jeudi 29 mai 97)

* L'Armee rebelle ougandaise de la Resistance du Seigneur a accelere ses attaques dans les districts de Kitgum et de Gulu, dans le nord, selon divers rapports. L'AFP a fait savoir aujourd'hui que quatre soldats du gouvernement ont ete tues lors d'une embuscade de
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Statement by the President of the Security Council concerning the Situation in Democratic Republic of Congo

S/PRST/1997/31
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL

At the 3784th meeting of the Security Council, held on 29 May 1997 in connection with the Council's consideration of the item
entitled "The situation concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo", the President of the Security Council made the
following statement on behalf of the Council:

"The Security Council expresses its support for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as they begin a new

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Security Council Expresses Support for People of Democratic Republic of Congo

'NEW PERIOD IN THEIR HISTORY' BEGINS
Security Council
SC/6377

3784th Meeting (Night)
29 May 1997

Presidential Statement Also Calls for Immediate End to Violence Against Refugees, Cooperation with UN Mission Investigating Reported Massacres

The Security Council, this evening, expressed its support for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as "they begin a new period in their history", its respect for their legitimate national aspirations to achieve progress to the benefit of all, and opposed any interference in the internal affairs of that country.

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Security Council Expresses Support for People of Democratic Republic of Congo

Security Council
SC/6377
3784th Meeting (Night)
29 May 1997

SECURITY COUNCIL EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE OF DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO AS 'NEW PERIOD IN THEIR HISTORY' BEGINS

Presidential Statement Also Calls for Immediate End to Violence Against Refugees, Cooperation with UN Mission Investigating Reported Massacres

The Security Council, this evening, expressed its support for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as "they begin a new period in their history", its respect for their legitimate

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Kabila Soldiers Break Up Banned March

KINSHASA (Reuter) - Several thousand opposition militants defied a ban on demonstrations and political activity in Kinshasa on Wednesday to denounce the presence of Rwandans among Laurent Kabila's forces and demand that they go home.
But witnesses said soldiers from Kabila's Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo, who initially allowed the march to go ahead, later broke it up, firing in the air and beating protesters with batons and rifle butts.

Earlier, tens of thousands of residents lined the streets, cheered the marchers and made V-for-Victory signs --

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Zairean Opposition to Defy Ban and March

KINSHASA (Reuter) - The main political opposition in Laurent Kabila's Democratic Republic of Congo has called a protest march for Wednesday in defiance of a ban, one day before he takes office as president.
Opposition militants, banned from political activity, told a news conference Tuesday they would take to the streets to demand the departure of foreign troops and proper political dialogue.

Kabila, who proclaimed himself president on May 17 as his rebels entered the capital Kinshasa, left the city on Tuesday for the southern mining center of Lubumbashi, officials said, adding

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