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U.N. Searches for Personnel in Congo

The United Nations appealed to church leaders in northeastern Congo on Saturday to help find two missing agency military observers, after a cease-fire aimed at ending several days of vicious tribal fighting in the area took hold. There have been reports that the unarmed observers one Jordanian, the other Nigerian were killed in the fighting between the rival Lendu and Hema tribes, said Col. Daniel Vollot, commander of the U.N. forces in the region. “But I don’t want to believe that,” he said. The clashes, which have killed at least 100 people, began last week after Uganda withdrew 6,000 troops from Congo’s resource-rich Ituri region and its capital, Bunia. The cease-fire was signed Friday and the United Nations is trying to assemble a peacekeeping force to augment more than 750 U.N. soldiers from Uruguay already there. Full Story

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