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31 Oct 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for West Africa
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covering the period 25-31 October 1997

[The weekly round-ups are based on relevant information from UN agencies,
NGOs, governments, donors and media. IRIN issues these reports for the
benefit of the humanitarian community but accepts no responsibility as to

31 Oct 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
The parties to the conflict in Abkhazia, Georgia have agreed to resume their meeting in Geneva on 17 November 1997,
according to the United Nations Secretary-General.

In the sixth and final report to the Security Council on the situation in Abkhazia, as of 27 October 1997, Secretary-General
Kofi Annan recalls that on 21 July 1997 he met in New York with Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze to discuss all

31 Oct 1997 description

DAILY HIGHLIGHTS
The process of national reconciliation in the Central African Republic has entered its most delicate second phase of
disarmament, according to the Member States participating in peacekeeping in the country.

In the sixth and final report to the Security Council, describing developments in the country from 16 to 29 October 1997, the
Inter-African Mission to Monitor the Implementation of the Bangui Agreements (MISAB) says that the voluntary participation

31 Oct 1997 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
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31 Oct 1997 description

(7:16am AEDT)
At least 500 people have died from drought-related famine in the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya.
The area, on the Indonesian-controlled western half of Papua New Guinea, is in the grip of the worst drought this century.
Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Azwar Anas says the Indonesian government has so far delivered 60-thousand dollars in aid for distribution to the victims.
The worst drought combined with forest fires were estimated to have devastated Indonesia's crop harvests by as much as 40 percent.

31 Oct 1997 description
report CARE

Major Cholera Control Program launched as new cases spread into Siaya



WHAT:     CARE will mobilize 3 million shillings ($50,000 US) from a special CARE Emergency Fund to combat the growing cholera epidemic in western Kenya.  CARE will purchase I.V. fluids, oral rehydration salts and antibiotics, and will partner with the Ministry of Health to send teams of health workers into the countryside to educate Kenyans on cholera prevention measures.
31 Oct 1997 description
report Mail and Guardian

BOTH Unita, Angola's rebels, and the ruling MPLA government say the United Nations sanctions imposed on Unita this week will not spark off a new war.

Speaking from New York, Unita's ambassador to the UN Jaime Vilasanta, putting a brave face on the UN move, said the sanctions would change Unita's political attitudes and position within government structures in Luanda.

31 Oct 1997 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
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for the Great Lakes
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RWANDA: Army campaign hurts rebels - commander

Rwanda's army commander for the northwest yesterday (Thursday) claimed his
troops had killed "more rebels in one week than ever before". Colonel
Kayumba Nyamwase declined to give an overall body count, but said in the

31 Oct 1997 description

(5:00pm AEDT)
Indonesian police are currently investigating 24-firms and 24 individuals suspected of having started some of the forest fires which sent a choking smoke over most of Southeast Asia in recent weeks.
Police say authorities are determined to take action against all parties, corporations and individuals responsible for starting the forest fires.
They say the the suspects may be brought to court if there is sufficient evidence to back charges of setting fires or violating environmental laws.

31 Oct 1997 description
report IRIN

NATIONS UNIES
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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.