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Peacekeepers' sexual abuse of local girls continuing in DR of Congo, UN finds

United Nations peacekeeping troops have continued the sexual abuse of girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN's watchdog office says, but peacekeeping officials say Member States providing the soldiers must send sterner commanders and toughen the punishment for perpetrators.

DR of Congo moves steadily towards elections in 2005 but challenges are formidable - UN

While Rwanda's concerns about its genocidal citizens hiding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are understandable, Rwanda and the DRC's other neighbours are not promoting the conditions needed to bring peace to the country's troubled eastern region, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.