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DATE=8/15/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CONGO/FIGHTING (L) NUMBER=2-252815 BYLINE=SCOTT STERNS DATELINE=NAIROBI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: There is more trouble in the alliance backing rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from Nairobi, troops from Uganda and Rwanda are fighting each other in the rebel-held city of Kisangani. TEXT: Rwanda's army spokesman says Ugandan troops have surrounded Rwandan positions at the airport in Kisangani, launching two unsuccessful attacks (Sunday). He says it is an Ugandan effort to drive the Rwandan's out. Fighting between the long-time allies began with sporadic gunfire late Saturday. United at the start of this rebellion one-year ago, Uganda now backs a Congolese rebel leader based in Kisangani. Rwanda favors a rebel leader in the border town of Goma. Both rebel groups are active in Kisangani, having effectively divided the city since fighting earlier this month. Military observers say Uganda is trying to consolidate control over Kisangani to strengthen the hand of its rebel leader, Ernest Wamba dia Wamba. Mr. Wamba says he is ready to sign a regional peace accord agreed to last month with Congolese President Laurent Kabila. Rival Emile Ilunga ousted Mr. Wamba as head of the main rebel group in May. Mr. Ilunga, who enjoys the support of Rwanda, says there can be no peace deal until the power struggle within the rebellion is resolved. All this is sure to come as good news for President Kabila, who withstood a rebel advance on the capital last year with help from Angolan troops. Since then Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Chad have agreed to fight on his side against Ugandan and Rwandan-backed rebels. That offensive has become more fractured as Uganda and Rwanda increasingly go their own ways. Uganda is supporting a northern campaign by rebel leader Jean- Pierre Bemba. Rwandan troops are pushing south toward the town of Mbuji-Mayi. (SIGNED) NEB/SS/ALW/RAE 15-Aug-1999 10:10 AM EDT (15-Aug-1999 1410 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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