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Thursday, 22 June, 2000, 22:16 GMT 23:16 UK
Further Ugandan pull-out from DR Congo

Uganda has announced that it's withdrawing more of its troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A presidential spokesman said about four thousand soldiers would be withdrawn from the region around the northern city of Kisangani.

He said the pull-out was in line with a demilitarisation agreement for the area brokered by the United Nations.

The accord was signed after renewed fighting between Rwandan and Ugandan troops, who support different rebel factions fighting to overthrow President Laurent Kabila.

Diplomats estimate there are about ten-thousand Ugandan troops stationed in Congo, although the exact number is not known. Five foreign armies are involved in the Congolese civil war: Angola, Namibia and Zimbabwe back President Kabila, while Rwanda and Uganda back his opponents.

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