Wednesday, July 1, 1998 Published at 07:11 GMT 08:11 UK
Kabila denies massacres
President Kabila's forces swept to power in May 1997
The United Nations has accused forces loyal to the Democratic Republic of Congo President, Laurent Kabila, of systematically killing thousands of Rwandan Hutu refugees.
But Mr Kabila has rejected any involvement of forces loyal to him in the deaths as "pure fabrications and lies".
"My public salvation government is urging Africans to reject with the strongest indignation the so-called inquiry report, which is full of the pure fabrications and lies ..." he said in remarks broadcast by Radio France Internationale on Tuesday.
The radio said Kabila made the comments on DR Congo state radio on Monday.
"The Democratic Republic of Congo is calling on Africans to reject with indignation and disdain this pseudo-report of nostalgic night owls, who are champions of scheming and misinformation," Mr Kabila said.
The report alleges that some of the massacres were carried out with the support of the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan army.
It was the first from a UN team sent to investigate massacres of Rwandan Hutu refugees allegedly carried out by Mr Kabila's forces during their victorious sweep to power.
The team was withdrawn from the former Zaire in April because of what the UN said was a "total absence of cooperation" from President Kabila's government.
In its report, the UN team said obstacles raised by the Kabila administration made it impossible to confirm or disprove most of the allegations.
But the team said it could confirm certain types of human rights violations occurred.
In particular, the team said it was able to confirm that current and former Rwandan army soldiers took part in some killings.
Many others were later hunted down and executed, the report said.
Forensic evidence showed that bodies were removed from mass graves, corroborating testimony that an effort was made to hide evidence of the massacres from the UN, it added.
Governments reject report
The Congolese Government said the report was a "dangerous document" that only "exacerbates the ethnic hatred between Hutu and Tutsi."
The Hutu refugees fled Rwanda to escape punishment for the 1994 massacre of an estimated 500,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
'Bring them to justice'
Reed Brody, a former member of the UN team and now advocacy director of Human Rights Watch, said that the report was damning because it confirmed long-held suspicions about the extent of the massacres and the involvement of foreign troops.
"The question now is whether the international community has the political will to take the next step which is to identify the killers and bring them to justice," he said.