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Thursday, September 23, 1999 Published at 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK

World: Africa

Congolese mediators meet Kabila

Foreign mediators helping to organise a national debate on the future of the Democratic Republic of Congo have held talks with President Kabila in Kinshasa.

State television said two mediators, Padre Matteo Zuppi, of the Italian Sant Egidion Roman Catholic community, and the former president of Benin, Derlin Zinsou, arrived in Kinshasa on Monday.

Mr Zuppi said national dialogue was the only solution to the political problems in Congo.

His colleague, Mr Zinsou, said the Congolese opposition had expressed concern that President Kabila wanted to hijack the national debate. The reconciliation effort is part of the peace accord that also called for an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of foreign troops and deployment of a peace keeping force.

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