Angola and Zimbabwe troops drawn into DRC conflict ?

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A proposal would be voted for later this week by the UN security council in order to bring the 17000 troops in DR Congo to 20000.

The French UNA believes that more troops will be needed to guarantee the tranquility in DR Congo and have presented a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council aimed at increasing the number of UN troops in the country by 3,000.

At present, there are about 17,000 soldiers and police in DR Congo – the biggest UN force of its kind.

In the last few months, fighting between the Congolese army and rebels has escalated, and more and more children are being kidnapped to bolster numbers amongst the various militia.

As the crisis continue, there are growing concerns that foreign forces are being drawn into the conflict, as eyewitnesses continue to sight Angolan and Zimbabwean troops in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The clashes have driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and created a humanitarian crisis.

The fighting comes as UN envoy Olusegun Obasanjo continues efforts to broker an end to the conflict.

Reports however claim that the United Nations is unsure which countries would contribute the extra troops, or when they could be deployed.

The Security Council is expected to vote on the proposal later this week.

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