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USIS Washington File

02 November 1999

Text: U.S. "Deeply Concerned" by Reported Military Movements in DROC

(Such movements are violation of Lusaka Accord) (310)
The United States is "deeply concerned" by reports of military
preparations, including the movement of troops and materiel deployed
by forces on both sides in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DROC),
the U.S. Department of State announced November 2.
In a written statement, Spokesman James Rubin said such movements are
a violation of the Lusaka Accord, which established a framework for
peace in that country. In condemning the actions, he said they "are
provocative and risk being used as a pretext for the resumption of
fighting."
Following is the text of Rubin's statement:
(begin text)
U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
November 2, 1999
STATEMENT BY JAMES P. RUBIN, SPOKESMAN
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO PEACE PROCESS
The United States is deeply concerned by reports of military
preparations, including the movement of troops and materiel by forces
on both sides deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Such
movements are prohibited by the Lusaka Accord signed by the states and
rebel groups involved in the conflict. In addition, these movements
are provocative and risk being used as a pretext for the resumption of
fighting.
The United States views the Lusaka Accord as an important achievement
by the parties to the conflict. It establishes a framework to end the
war and to address the underlying problems threatening the stability
of the Congo and the region. The U.S. condemns any violation of this
accord and stresses that we will hold responsible any government or
rebel organization that violates the Accord. It is incumbent on all
the signatories to fulfill their commitments and ensure full
implementation of the Lusaka Accord.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State)



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