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Sunday, 8 July, 2001, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
'Fantastic' prospects of DR Congo peace
Colonel Gaddafi of Libya met by President Chiluba
Mr Chiluba is welcoming leaders to the last OAU summit

The Zambian leader, Frederick Chiluba, says all parties involved in the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo have shown a commitment to achieve peace.

President Chiluba told Reuters news agency that prospects had improved since the rise to power of Joseph Kabila after the assassination of his father, Laurent.

Mr Chiluba is mediating in the Congo, where he helped work out a peace pact in 1999.

"The prospects for peace in the Congo are simply fantastic, and I am not saying this because I was involved in the negotiations," Mr Chiluba said.

"The government of Joseph Kabila and everybody else involved have shown a genuine effort to end the conflict and I believe we have made tremendous progress," he added.

Zimbabwe, Angola, and Namibia back Congolese government forces against splintered rebel groups which have military backing from Rwanda and Uganda.

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