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Thursday, 13 December, 2001, 09:10 GMT
Speedy talks urged on DR Congo

The organisers of talks on confidence-building measures in the Democratic Republic of Congo say there has been some progress on several issues, but that the process needs to gain speed.

The talks, in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, are focussing on proposals aimed at creating a climate for full-scale peace talks -- and the formation of a new government.

Mediators say government officials, rebel groups, political opposition figures and representatives of churches, trade unions and other civil groups have agreed to enable people to move freely between all provinces.

They also agreed to encourage the resumption of commercial flights between various parts of the country.

But there have been disagreements over how many people should take part in final peace talks and a lack of funding.

The spokeswoman for the former Botswana president Ketumile Masire, who is the facilitator of the talks, said the representatives will consider proposals on the size of delegations and make a final ruling before the next scheduled meeting in South Africa in January.

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