DR of Congo: UN mission says new security zone leading to repatriation

27 December 2004

The presence of a United Nations-defended security zone in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led 40,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) to return home, the deputy force commander of the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUC, says.

In an interview with MONUC's Radio Okapi yesterday, Gen. Jan Isberg said the mission had moved in with "significant forces" and established a security zone between Mighobwe and Kirumba, two localities in the eastern DRC, after temporarily deploying in and around Kanyabonga.

The deployment had separated troops from the 8th military region of the DRC's unified national army from a dissident group, General Isberg said. The dissident faction comprised former members of the Congolese People's Army (APC).

"The forces of the 8th military region are located now in the party north of Kirumba, which is south of the security zone. The ex-APC elements are at Mighobwe and more to the north. Between these two cities, we have the security zone dominated by MONUC," he said.


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