Posted by: africanpressorganization | 17 November 2008

Democratic Republic of the Congo / No major violations of the ceasefire




Democratic Republic of the Congo / No major violations of the ceasefire



KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) November 17, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the offices of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general And the spokesperson for the general assembly president



On the Congo, there were no major violations of the ceasefire or attacks on civilian lives or property in North Kivu, says the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC).  Though the overall situation is tense and unpredictable, the World Food Programme (WFP) says its convoy of 12 trucks carrying 100 tons of food encountered no problems on its trip from Goma to Rutshuru and Kiwanja.  Some 12,000 people are being helped today, out of 50,000 who have registered for food aid.


The WFP convoy, which was escorted by UN peacekeepers, also brought blankets, plastic buckets, clothes, jerry cans and plastic sheeting.


The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), meanwhile, says that because of persisting security threats, it has agreed with North Kivu authorities to transfer the more than 60,000 people in the two Kibati camps to a new site west of Goma.  The transfer is due to start next week.


And UNICEF said that recruitment of children by armed militias took place in Kitchanga.  A number of 14-year-old children are also reported to have been forcibly enlisted in Rugare and Rutshuru, bringing to some 3,000 the estimate of children drafted into the ongoing conflict.



SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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