DRC and Rwandan presidents to attend conference

The presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame will attend an emergency conference on the crisis in Congo. EU Commissioner Louis Michel called on the two presidents to join the conference during a visit to the Congolese capital Kinshasa.

Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and his British counterpart David Milliband are on their way to Congo to mediate in the conflict. They will focus on bringing about direct talks between President Kabila and rebel leader General Laurent Nkunda. In Brussels EU member states failed to agree to a military mission to Congo today. A humanitarian mission is the best outcome hoped for.

Meanwhile General Nkunda's rebels have ceased fire after four days of fighting. The situation in the eastern city of Goma, where at least a quarter of a million people have fled the violence, is still desperate. The World Health Organisation and Italy are sending medical supplies to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

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