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UN Security Council Begins Regional Tour in Rwanda

Members of the U.N. Security Council have arrived in Rwanda at the start of a tour of nations affected by a decade of ethnic strife in Africa's Great Lakes region.

Delegates are also scheduled to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Uganda to study ways of encouraging rebuilding and an end to violence.

The tour comes one day after a Great Lakes summit in Tanzania, where 15 African leaders signed a pledge to disarm fighters, stop the flow of weapons and improve security.

Speaking at the summit, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan promised to back peacekeeping operations and humanitarian aid in the region.

In 1994, the genocide in Rwanda sparked a series of ethnic conflicts and cross-border wars, killing and displacing millions of people, mostly civilians.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.