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Ugandans Miss Congo Deadline

United Nations peacekeepers have begun to arrive in the troubled city of Bunia to take over from Ugandan forces. But the Ugandan soldiers are not leaving the Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of Congo as had been planned. Confusion surrounds the implementation of a Thursday deadline for 6,000 Ugandans to leave the area. It was supposed to have been the latest part of a plan to return control of DR Congo to its people after four years of war which has involved at least six African countries, including Uganda. The BBC’s Will Ross in Bunia says not a single Ugandan has gone home, though earlier several hundred had been dancing on the tarmac of Bunia airstrip waiting for a plane. The commander of the Ugandan troops, Brigadier Kale Kaihura, says it will take at least three weeks for a full withdrawal from the north-east of its neighbour. Full Story

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