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Thursday, 8 June, 2000, 19:52 GMT 20:52 UK
New ceasefire in Kisangani

The United Nations says Rwanda and Uganda have agreed to an immediate ceasefire between their forces in the city of Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A UN spokesman Fred Eckhart said both sides had agreed to the ceasefire starting from 1400 GMT today, Thursday after the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, had telephoned the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni.

A senior Rwandan source told the BBC that the shooting and shelling in Kisangani had largely stopped, but he warned that previous peace deals had held through the night only to fail at dawn.

There are fears that both sides will use the ceasefire to re-arm their troops and prepare for more confrontation. Fighting broke out again on Monday as both sides apparently prepared to hand over Kisangani to the UN.

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