DR Congo

Zaire Troops Beat UN Staffers

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Zairean troops beat up two U.N. staffers after television reports claimed that U.N. agencies were helping armed Rwandan soldiers infiltrate the country, U.N. sources said Monday.
U.N. officials denied the Zairian television report, broadcast last weekend, and said it had ''caused serious security problems for United Nations personnel working in the region.''

A U.N. statement said Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali ''categorically rejects these allegations as completely unfounded and urges the government of Zaire to take steps to clarify the situation.''

The statement gave no further details, either on the TV report or the circumstances surrounding it.

But U.N. sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a group of Rwandan troops apparently told Zairian authorities they had traveled from the Rwandan capital, Kigali, in vehicles owned by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Following the television report, two U.N. employees were arrested and beaten in southern Zaire, the sources said. They did not know the staffers' nationalities or U.N. affiliation, or whether they had been released.

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