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31 Oct 1997 description
report Human Rights Watch


 October 1997
Vol. 9, No. 5 (A)

31 Oct 1997 description
report UN Security Council

AFR/23
SC/6436

By resolution 1127 (1997) adopted on 28 August, the Security Council, acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United
Nations, imposed additional measures against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), including

31 Oct 1997 description
report UN Security Council

AFR/22
SC/6435

The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1132 (1997) concerning Sierra Leone held its second
meeting today and adopted the guidelines for the conduct of its work. The guidelines adopted will ensure efficient
implementation of resolution 1132 (1997) which imposed arms and oil embargoes, as well as travel restrictions on members of the junta in Sierra Leone and adult members of their families.

All requests for exportation of petroleum and petroleum products, as well as requests for entry into and transit through other

30 Oct 1997 description
Washington, D.C., October 30, 1997: As additional

UN sanctions against
the Angolan rebel organization UNITA came into force this morning, the
Government of Angola praised the resolve of the international community.
"While we, of course, would have preferred that UNITA had met its
commitments and thus avoided the imposition of sanctions, we are pleased that
the Security Council has held firm in its decision to respond to UNITA

30 Oct 1997 description

PNG DROUGHT UPDATE


Since Australian supported dedicated flights began delivering food aid
on 20 October more than 53 000 kgs of rice and flour have been
delivered to PNG's drought affected Central Province.


With the commissioning of additional aircraft this week, food aid will
now be flown to districts in other badly drought affected provinces
including Milne Bay, Gulf, Western and Sandaun.


Early this week AusAID's dedicated RAAF Caribou was joined by two

30 Oct 1997 description

Weekly News
In the past month British Red Cross has increased its support to its Montserrat branch. Last week it dispatched a

30 Oct 1997 description

Vicious fighting in early June forced thousands of Brazzaville families to flee to Kinshasa, just across the river which
separates the capitals of the People's Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre).
Abandoning Brazzaville with only the clothes on their backs, those unable to stay with relatives in Kinshasa sought refuge
in a camp on the outskirts of the city. Food distribution began at once and all efforts were made to cope with the rapid influx
of refugees.

30 Oct 1997 description

Weekly News
The Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan, in partnership with the Spanish Red Cross and the Federation, is conducting an
in-depth study into the root causes of ill health in the country. The study will also examine the capacity of the health system to

30 Oct 1997 description

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (PANA) - President Laurent-Desire Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), arrived in Bujumbura Thursday on his first official visit to Burundi since he came to power in May this year.

30 Oct 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
Tel: +225 21-63-35
Fax: +225 21-63-35
e-mail: irin-wa@africaonline.co.ci

[As a supplement to its weekly round-ups of main events in West Africa,
IRIN-WA will produce a daily synopsis of international media reports on
the region. IRIN issues these reports for the benefit of the humanitarian
community but accepts no responsibility as to the accuracy of the original

30 Oct 1997 description

Indonesian forest fires heat up discussion and media interest

30 Oct 1997 description

Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0538

DISASTER SITUATION AND NATIONAL RESPONSE

1. At present, inter-provincial assistance to extinguish the forest fires in Indonesia is concentrating on the province of Lampung and the southern coast of Kalimantan.

2. According to information detected by Satellite NOAA 14 on 26 October 1997, smoke ranging from medium thick to thick was covering parts of Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, Central and South Sumatra, as well as parts of North Sumatra.

30 Oct 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for the Great Lakes
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129
e-mail: irin@dha.unon.org

[The weekly roundup is based on IRIN daily updates and other relevant
information from UN agencies, NGOs, governments, donors and the media.
IRIN issues these reports for the benefit of the humanitarian community,

30 Oct 1997 description

For the past year, the ICRC has been supporting a scheme to raise sheep
and goats in northern Somalia. The project is managed by the Somali Red
Crescent Society (SRCS), which is considering extending the programme to
other parts of the country in view of good results in Berbera and
Hargeisa.
Somalia is a country where livestock plays an important role in people's
lives and represents a major sector of the economy. The ICRC is helping
the SRCS to build up a herd of sheep and a herd of goats to provide

30 Oct 1997 description

General situation
Following more than 4 months of conflict, former President Sassou
Nguesso and his troops currently appear to be in control of the
Republic of Congo (Brazzaville). In addition to Brazzaville, the
southern strongholds of his principal rival, President Pascal Lissouba,
namely the main towns and centres of Dolisie, Loudima and Pointe Noire
seem to be in control of Nguesso's cobra militias after heavy fighting.

In humanitarian terms, the centre of Brazzaville, where most of the

30 Oct 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for the Great Lakes
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129
e-mail: irin@dha.unon.org

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Richardson wants UN probe to start next month

US envoy to the region Bill Richardson said he hoped the UN probe into
alleged human rights violations in DRC would start by the beginning of
November, following a recent agreement on the issue with President

29 Oct 1997 description
Washington, D.C., October 29, 1997 - Jardo Muekalia, the Chairman of The Center for Democracy in Angola (CEDA),
expressed profound disappointment at the United Nations Security Council decision to impose sanctions against the
National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). He said, "Sanctions, in the context of the Angola, are not
an effective tool to move the peace process forward. In fact, given the recent events in the Republic of Congo and inside
29 Oct 1997 description
report UN Children's Fund

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) had a major opportunity to prevent children in the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea from falling victim to a disastrous famine, Omawale Omawale, the Fund's Special Representative in
Pyongyang told a Headquarters press briefing this afternoon.
Warning that the country faced a famine of major proportions unless there was an adequate humanitarian response, Mr.
Omawale told correspondents that the depletion of supplies threatened to prevent doctors and caregivers from adequately

29 Oct 1997 description

HARARE, Zimbabwe (PANA) - The Angolan government Wednesday threatened military action against the beleaguered Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) movement to wrest back the territory it still controls, but said dialogue still remained an option.


Our forces can be called to play their role, but we are for dialogue, the country's defence minister, Pedro Sebastio, said.

The minister met Zimbabwean Vice President Simon Muzenda on Wednesday to brief him about the situation in Angola.