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Efforts to end crisis in DR Congo gather pace

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Efforts to end crisis in DR Congo gather pace


Diplomatic moves to end the crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have gathered pace, as DRC President Joseph Kabila agreed to meet Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

The meeting will be held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, hosted by the UN and the African Union.

The announcement came just hours after the UNHCR said it had received credible reports that rebels were looting and burning camps for displaced people.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Minister David Miliband and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner are to visit the Congelese capital Kinshasa and the eastern city of Goma, which is besieged by rebel forces.

Aid agencies say they are struggling to reach an estimated 250,000 people in the region fleeing the fighting between government and rebel forces.

A fragile ceasefire is holding in and around Goma, but the area remains highly volatile.

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