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JOHANNESBURG, 9 May (IRIN) - A government delegation from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in Zambia to examine the prospects for repatriation of DRC refugees sheltering in Zambia.
Freetown/London (dpa) - A spokesman for the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) said Tuesday that the force would stay in the troubled West African country and would soon be strengthened.
Spokesman David Wimshurst told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that the 8,700 "blue helmets" would remain in the region and that there were plans to bring in further troops.
The statement came as a special conference was being held in the Nigerian capital Abuja to discuss sending Nigerian soldiers to Sierra Leone.
Meanwhile British paratroopers who arrived in …
Period covered: 14th - 30th April 2000
EXPLOSION IN SUAI
The fighting may have stopped in Kosovo, but many thousands of people cannot find real peace whilst the fate of their family members remains unknown. For the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), tackling the humanitarian issue of missing persons is one its most important operational priorities in Kosovo and elsewhere in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) today.
By Rhoda Margesson
It is a cruel fact that while thousands of people's lives in Kosovo have been affected by conflict, the sorry state of its environment - largely ignored over the years by Slobodan Milosevic - has been exacerbated by the recent war.
Kosovo's problems include air pollution, created by outdated power plants that lack filters; poor water quality and an inadequate water supply, caused by corroded, leaking water pipes; and few - if there are any working - waste treatment facilities.
A review of significant developments and events in Ethiopia compiled by the Information Section of the UN Emergencies Unit for Ethiopia from various sources including, wire service reports, local newspapers, news agencies and official statements.
FONDATION HIRONDELLE - AGENCE DE PRESSE
HIRONDELLE A ARUSHA
POURPARLERS DE PAIX INTERBURUNDAIS
By Anwar Mansuri, dpa
Islamabad (dpa) - Two years ago this month, Pakistan's Chaghai region became a symbol of pride for many Pakistanis and a symbol of horror to the world when six nuclear tests were carried out there.
Today the remote region is again in the news, but this time it is for the people and animals dying there of thirst.
The US plans to return Serb refugees to the Osojane valley as early as June.
By Richard Mertens, Special to The Christian Science Monitor
Little remains of this farming community in northwestern Kosovo. The houses are deserted, the windows smashed, the furnishings scattered or gone. Abandoned stoves sit rusting in the uncut grass. Last year's corn still stands in the fields, weathered gray as barn boards.
The 400 inhabitants, all of them Serbs, fled last June around the time NATO-led troops entered the province.
NAIROBI, 9 May (IRIN) - The following is the second part of an interview with David Stephen, the Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia. Stephen spoke to IRIN about the Somali peace talks before leaving for Djibouti.
Maputo (AIM) - During the February and March flood crisis in southern and central Mozambique, the Mozambican Red Cross (CVM), according to its secretary-general, Fernanda Teixeira, assisted 289,000 displaced people in about 58 accommodation centres.
Speaking to reports on Monday, Teixeira
added that bank accounts opened in the name of CVM have so far received
contributions amounting to about 700,000 US dollars.
She described this as an "extraordinary" response from the public to the CVM's appeal for assistance for the flood victims.
TRIPOLI, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan ministry of African affairs announced Tuesday in Tripoli that a joint committee has been established in Freetown to prevent the total collapse of the peace process in Sierra Leone.
LESOTHO: Security stepped up ahead of strike
Johannesburg, South Africa. May 9 2000
Sierra Leone totters on the brink of anarchy as the Revolutionary United Front terrorises Freetown's civilian population.
EWEN MACASKILL reports
When the bands of guerrillas entered Sierra Leone in 1991 from Liberia and Burkina Faso, there were only a few hundred of them. Today, the Revolutionary United Front is a force of between 5 000 and 10 000, infamous for its terror tactics, which is now threatening the capital, Freetown.
Developments today, 9 May 2000 - Updated 3:30 p.m. EST
There is a continuing need to return displaced people in West Timor to their communities of origin in East Timor, in order for rehabilitation, reconstruction and development to begin. The safe and orderly return transportation of displaced people is the responsibility of IOM in close co-operation with UNHCR.