Michel calls Congo conference

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9 June 2004, BRUSSELS – Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel has invited three of his African counterparts to Brussels to discuss the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it was reported on Wednesday.

9 June 2004

BRUSSELS – Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel has invited three of his African counterparts to Brussels to discuss the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), it was reported on Wednesday.

Michel told journalists in the DRC capital Kinshasa  that he had asked the foreign ministers from the DRC itself as well as from neighbouring Rwanda and Burundi to meet with him for talks in Brussels.
"They accepted," he said, adding that the meeting could take place as early as next week.

The situation in the DRC deteriorated seriously last week when two renegade generals from the national army captured the northeastern town of Bukavu.

The DRC government quickly accused Rwanda of supporting the rebels, seriously threatening international relations in the region.

However, by this week the generals had voluntarily retreated from Bukavu and the town is once again in the hands of official DRC forces.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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