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DR Congo: MONUC reports skirmishes between government troops and armed group

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The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) reported two skirmishes late Wednesday between government troops and the armed PARECO movement.

MONUC says these incidents, for which there are no reported casualties, appear to be isolated, as the rest of the region remained relatively calm for a second straight day.The Mission, meanwhile, has confirmed the recent arrival in Goma of some 3,000 displaced civilians and some further movements of civilians across the Ugandan border.

And UN aid agencies say they have restored full service to the displaced after a difficult week, fuelled by insecurity, during which they have had to cut off some key services.

Distribution operations have resumed for health kits, immunization packages, fresh water and sanitation equipment, food and shelter.

The World Health Organization -WHO says it is attempting to prevent and control an outbreak of cholera as the number of new cases has tripled to 150 a week.

On the political side, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on peace in the Great Lakes Region, former Nigerian president Olusejun Obasanjo, will be traveling for a first round of consultations on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, beginning Friday in Luanda.

He will meet with the President of Angola before traveling later on Friday to Kinshasa for an expected meeting with President Kabila.

This is Donn Bobb reporting for United Nations Radio.