Monday, November 2, 1998 Published at 02:20 GMT
Allies pledge new drive against rebels
Rebel soldiers control large parts of the eastern Congo
Regional allies of the Congolese President, Laurent Kabila, have pledged to step up their military support in driving rebels out of the east of the country.
The statement follows talks in the southeastern city of Lubumbashi between Mr Kabila and the presidents of Zimbabwe and Namibia.
Speaking after the summit, Zimbabwe's President Mugabe said the allies were launching an offensive "to clear the enemy" from Congolese territory.
Angola, Namibia and Chad have also sent troops to support President Kabila. Uganda and Rwanda have been accused of providing military support for the rebels.
The three leaders are also reported to have rejected American efforts to end the fighting.
"They should talk more with invaders and exert pressure on them to pull out."
A senior American envoy, Susan Rice, is touring the region. She is due in Zimbabwe on Monday.
President Mugabe - who has faced protests from Zimbabweans angry at their involvement in the Congo war - also disputed rebel claims of rapid advances from their eastern strongholds.
"We are fighting and not losing any ground," he was reported as saying.
The latest attempt to forge a cease-fire agreement failed at a two-day summit last week in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, when Congolese rebels were excluded from the meeting.