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South Africa deploys DRC peacekeepers

The first contingent of South African troops involved in a UN operation to disarm and repatriate foreign armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), will deploy on Friday, a senior UN commander said on Thursday. Colonel Lawrence Smith, who commands UN operations in an area spanning some 500 kilometres along the vast African country’s eastern border with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, said some 200 troops will be deployed at Lubero, a small town near Lake Edward on the border with Uganda. “The troops will consist of infantry, engineer and logistical support personnel and their first focus will be to establish high visibility in the region to restore the confidence of the local population,” Smith said in Kindu, the small town on the banks of the Congo River, where the UN sector headquarters is based. Full Story

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