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DATE=7/12/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251682 TITLE=U-N / CONGO REBELS (L - ONLY) BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL IS (MONDAY) CALLING ON RWANDA AND UGANDA TO STEP UP PRESSURE ON REBEL MOVEMENTS IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO TO SIGN A CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT. MORE FROM OUR U-N CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON. TEXT: AFTER RECEIVING A BRIEFING ON THE SITUATION IN CONGO, THE U-N SECURITY COUNCIL ISSUED A STATEMENT WELCOMING THE SIGNING OF A CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT BY SOME PARTIES IN THAT COUNTRY'S CONFLICT. BUT COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THEY ARE DISMAYED THAT LEADERS OF CONGO'S REBEL MOVEMENTS DID NOT SIGN THE AGREEMENT. THEY SAY REBEL PARTICIPATION IN THE AGREEMENT IS THE ONLY EFFECTIVE WAY OF BRINGING ABOUT NATIONAL RECONCILIATION AND LASTING PEACE. THE STATEMENT WAS READ ALOUD BY COUNCIL PRESIDENT AGAM HASMY OF MALAYSIA: /// HASMY ACT /// THEY EMPHASIZED THAT EARNEST EFFORTS TO FIND A PEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO SHOULD NOT BE HELD HOSTAGE TO THE INTERNAL DIVISION AMONG THE REBELS. IN THIS REGARD, THEY CALLED UPON THE GOVERNMENTS OF RWANDA AND UGANDA AND OTHER GOVERNMENTS WHO HAVE INFLUENCE, TO MAKE ALL THE NECESSARY EFFORTS SO THAT THE REBEL MOVEMENTS SIGN THIS AGREEMENT AND ALSO FOR THE REBEL MOVEMENTS TO ABIDE BY THE CEASE-FIRE PENDING THEIR SIGNATURE OF THE AGREEMENT. /// END ACT /// DIPLOMATS SAY RWANDA AND UGANDA HAVE BEEN KEY SUPPORTERS OF THE REBEL MOVEMENTS IN CONGO, AND THAT THEIR INVOLVEMENT IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF A CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT. THE SECURITY COUNCIL STATEMENT COMES AMID PLANNING BY THE UNITED NATIONS FOR THE CREATION OF A PEACEKEEPING FORCE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO. THE STATEMENT DOES NOT SPECIFICALLY MENTION THAT PLAN, BUT DOES SAY THE COUNCIL IS READY TO CONSIDER CONCRETE ACTION FOR THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS. U-N OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL NOT SEND A PEACEKEEPING FORCE TO THE COUNTRY UNTIL A CEASE-FIRE AND PEACE PLAN HAVE BEEN FIRMLY ESTABLISHED. ON SATURDAY, THE LEADERS OF CONGO, RWANDA, ZIMBABWE, AND NAMIBIA AND THE DEFENSE MINISTER OF ANGOLA, SIGNED THE CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT AT A MEETING IN LUSAKA. INTERNAL DIVISIONS ARE REPORTED TO HAVE PREVENTED REBEL REPRESENTATIVES FROM SIGNING THE DOCUMENT. (SIGNED) NEB/MR/TVM/PT 12-Jul-99 4:38 PM EDT (2038 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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