Monday, August 31, 1998 Published at 00:54 GMT 01:54 UK
Rwanda issues warning to Congo
Angolan troops are helping President Kabila reverse his fortunes
With fighting continuing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Rwandan government has warned that it may invade its neighbour to protect the interests of ethnic Tutsis.
The Rwandan foreign minister, Anastase Gasana, accused Congo's President Laurent Kabila of training a 10,000-strong militia, including elements of the former Rwandan regime which carried out the 1994 genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Republic of Congo tabled a resolution condemning Rwanda and Uganda for what it calls their aggression on its territory.
Rebels fight on
In another development, President Kabila visited the Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe for several hours.
The BBC's correspondent in Harare, Joseph Winter, said the meeting was to determine the next steps to take in the war against the Congolese rebels.
Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia are backing President Kabila's government in the conflict while the rebels are allied to Uganda and Rwanda.
The rebels have said they will continue fighting despite reports they have been forced to withdraw from strategic locations around the capital, Kinshasa.
It is thought the rebels handed over the dam after being surrounded by Angolan troops.
However, despite the government successes, the capital is still without electricity and the rebels maintain their hold over main cities in the east.
'Lynch mobs' attack Tutsis
The Congolese government says its troops spent Saturday carrying out mopping up operations in Kinshasa after three days of fighting with rebels.
But while the government said its troops were attempting to restore order, there have been increasing reports of murders of suspected Tutsi rebels.
A source in Kinshasa said there had been summary executions of young men resembling Tutsis.
One man was said to have been beaten to death and his body set alight in front of a cheering crowd.
Another incident saw a suspect thrown from a bridge and then shot.
Regional relations sour
The reported killings are adding to fears that the fighting in Congo could suck the entire region into a conflict based on ethnic hatred.
Uganda has admitted its troops are operating deep inside the Congo, but says they are just protecting national interests and are not involved directly in the conflict.
Zimbabwean officials have accused South Africa of supplying much of the equipment to Uganda and Rwanda, who in turn, they say, passed it on to the rebels.
South Africa's President Nelson Mandela, who has tried to broker a cease-fire in Congo, has criticised Zimbabwe for sending troops to Kinshasa.