U.N. aid czar tours DRC, Rwanda

Aug. 6, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A top humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations arrived Monday in Africa to discuss ways to provide assistance to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rebel Gen. Bosco Ntaganda, the subject of two arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court, waged mutiny in DRC early this year. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had called on DRC and Rwandan leaders to work to find a solution to a crisis brewing since April.

Valerie Amos, the humanitarian relief coordinator for the United Nations, arrived Monday for a three-day visit to DRC and neighboring Rwanda.

Her office said Amos is "expected to discuss ways of strengthening relief efforts and mobilizing additional assistance, including financial support, with Congolese and Rwandan authorities and other humanitarian partners."

Washington last month cut military assistance to Rwanda citing allegations the government was backing militants in DRC. Rwanda denies the allegations.

A U.N. Security Council resolution last week condemned attacks carried out by Ntaganda loyalists, urging the M23 rebel force "and all armed groups to cease all forms of violence, including acts of sexual violence and the recruitment and use of children."

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