UN visit to Eastern DRC

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A top UN official in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC ), Ross Mountain, is visiting North Kivu province with the Congolese Minister of Planning, Olivier Kamitatu, to assess the implementation of the security and stabilization plan for eastern DRC.

Mr. Mountain, who is the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for the DRC, and Mr. Kamitatu will be meeting the local authorities and representatives of UN agencies to discuss the Amani Programme , the Support Strategy on Security and the Stabilization Plan for eastern DRC.

The plan includes improvements to roads, police stations and other priority infrastructure projects, according to a statement released in Accra on Thursday by t h e UN Information Centre.

Mr. Mountain and Mr. Kamitatu are travelling along one of the roads undergoing renovation, between Saké and Masisi which will provide employment to more than 1, 0 00 people living along it over the next three months.

The statement said a similar rehabilitation project along the Rutshuru-Ishasha road was also due to start soon.

Meanwhile, the UN Mission in DRC, MONUC, has reported several violations by armed groups of the ceasefire in Ituri province.

The statement said on Monday, two local armed groups exchanged fire in the town of Tchey. No casualties were reported, and the battle ended with the intervention of UN peacekeepers.

In South Kivu, UN peacekeepers intervened three times this week to put an end to gun battles between local Congolese groups.


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