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Sunday, 30 July, 2000, 16:58 GMT 17:58 UK
UN calls for pressure on Kabila
Angolan troops
UN warns that the prospects for peace are mnot good
The United Nations representative to the Democratic Republic of Congo has said African leaders must intensify pressure on President Laurent Kabila to abide by the Lusaka peace agreement.

The official, Kamel Morjane, said African leaders, not the UN, had brokered the Lusaka agreement and that the UN looked to them to provide a solution to the current fighting.

Speaking to the Reuters news agency, Mr Morjane said prospects for peace in Congo seemed remote, and that none of the conditions sought by the UN for the deployment of forces to police a cease-fire had been met.

Mr Morjane said all sides in the Congo conflict needed to agree a comprehensive cease-fire and stick to it.

Remote peace

The UN representative said that the UN had come to the Congo at the request of African leaders and now looked to them for a solution because prospects for peace in the Congo remained remote.

Laurent Kabila
UN accuses Kabila of ingnroing the Lusaka agreement
"We've been trying since February to get UN forces there. We've asked the Kabila government to respect the conditions we desire - that's serious observance of the ceasefire, guarantee security of UN troops and agree to freedom of movement for UN soldiers and other personnel," Mr Morjane said.

"Unfortunately, these conditions have never been there."

A year after the signing of the Lusaka agreement, Mr Morjane was pessimistic.

"When we look at results, unfortunately we see that ceasefire violations are numerous and the peace accord is not being honoured. Maybe our mission has not been a success."

Mr Morjane said the Zambian President, Frederick Chiluba, was trying to arrange a further peace summit.

The UN Security Council is scheduled to review its mission in the Congo at the end of August.

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