Congo, its neighbors agree to sign cease-fire


PARIS -- Leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring countries giving support to armed rebels in the Central African country agreed yesterday under United Nations auspices to sign a cease-fire agreement by the middle of next month, President Jacques Chirac of France said.

Chirac said that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan had secured promises to end the fighting in meetings with eight African leaders held yesterday morning.

With Annan by his side in the Louvre museum as the summit ended, Chirac said, "The hope is that the signing of a cease-fire should take place before the meeting of the Organization of African Unity in Ouagadougou on Dec. 17 and 18."

Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso.

Chirac took care not to say that the fighting was over and did not say whether the rebels, whom he had not invited to the meeting, had been consulted.

"Everybody has moved a bit, and all we can do now is support the efforts by the secretary-general and the Organization of African Unity to end this situation, which is as absurd as it is lethal," he said.

Pub Date: 11/29/98

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