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UN Cites Lull In Fighting After Peacekeepers Deploy In Eastern Congo


U.N. officials say the situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo appears to be improving after the deployment of peacekeeping troops there.

At least 250 peacekeepers have been positioned near the villages of Lubero and Kanyabayonga to set up a buffer zone between rival army factions that clashed earlier this week.

After briefing the U.N. Security Council, the U.N. undersecretary-general for peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guehenno, told reporters Wednesday the situation appears now to be improving, but is still fragile.

Recently, the Congolese government has been sending reinforcements to the mostly lawless east, amid threats from Rwanda that it reserves the right to attack Rwandan Hutu militants on Congolese soil.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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