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DATE=1/8/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-243937 TITLE=CONGO CONSPIRACY (L ONLY) BYLINE=SCOTT STEARNS DATELINE=NAIROBI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: CONGO'S GOVERNMENT SAYS WESTERN POWERS ARE TO BLAME FOR THE COUNTRY'S CONTINUING CIVIL WAR. AS CORRESPONDENT SCOTT STEARNS REPORTS, PRESIDENT LAURENT KABILA SAYS HE WILL ONLY MEET REBELS IF THEY COME TO THE CAPITAL, KINSHASA. TEXT: CONGO'S AMBASSADOR TO KENYA SAYS REBEL ALLIES' RWANDA AND UGANDA ARE BEING HELPED BY AN INTERNATIONAL MAFIA OUT TO ENSLAVE AFRICANS. AMBASSADOR KYUNGU WA-KU-MWANZA SAYS THIS WESTERN CONSPIRACY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DESTABILIZING KABILA ALLIES -- WITH RENEWED FIGHTING IN ANGOLA AND LABOR UNREST IN ZIMBABWE -- WHILE MANIPULATING INTERNATIONAL AID TO PUNISH PRESIDENT KABILA. /// KYUNGU ACT IN FRENCH ESTABLISH AND FADE UNDER TEXT /// AMBASSADOR KYUNGU SAYS: AT THE SAME TIME OUR ALLIES ARE BEING DESTABILIZED, THE WEST IS INTENSIFYING ITS INVOLVEMENT IN RWANDA AND UGANDA WITH THE WORLD BANK GIVING MONEY THAT IS BEING USED TO BUY GUNS TO KILL CONGOLESE WHO THEY WANT TO REDUCE TO SLAVERY. AMBASSADOR KYUNGU DECLINED TO NAME THE MEMBERS OF THIS INTERNATIONAL MAFIA, BUT HE IS CLEARLY NOT PLEASED WITH THE UNITED STATES, WHO HE CRITICIZED FOR NOT IMMEDIATELY CONDEMNING ALLEGED REBEL MASSACRES IN EASTERN CONGO. UNLIKE THE FRENCH, WHO HE PRAISED FOR CONDEMNING THE KILLINGS, THE U-S GOVERNMENT HAS CALLED FOR AN INVESTIGATION. THE U-S STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS IT IS NOT TAKING SIDES IN CONGO'S CIVIL WAR AND IS INSTEAD TRYING TO SUPPORT REGIONAL EFFORTS AT A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT. SOUTHERN AFRICAN LEADERS WANT PRESIDENT KABILA TO MEET REBELS FACE-TO-FACE. AFTER MONTHS OF SAYING NO, HE SAYS HE IS NOW WILLING TO TALK, IF THE REBELS COME TO SEE HIM IN KINSHASA. AMBASSADOR KYUNGU SAYS CONGO'S CIVIL WAR MUST BE SOLVED IN CONGO. /// KYUNGU ACT IN FRENCH ESTABLISH AND FADE UNDER TEXT /// WHILE REBEL POLITICAL LEADER ERNEST WAMBA DIA WAMBA HAS INVITED PRESIDENT KABILA TO MEET IN REBEL-HELD AREAS IN EASTERN CONGO, AMBASSADOR KYUNGU SAYS REBELS SHOULD KNOW THERE IS A CAPITAL IN THE COUNTRY AND THAT IS KINSHASA. HE SAYS CONGOLESE ARE RALLYING BEHIND PRESIDENT KABILA IN A WAR THAT HAS NOT ONLY MADE THEM STRONGER, BUT HAS ALSO MADE THEM SURE TO REMEMBER WHICH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TURNED AGAINST THEM IN SUPPORTING THE REBELLION. (SIGNED) LON/SS/RAE 08-Jan-99 8:40 AM EST (1340 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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