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US predicts long-term instability

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Senegal's troubled Casamance province
The Clinton administration has concluded there is little the US can do to stop the DRC war and that the country will remain a source of instability long after the fighting ends, the ‘Washington Post’ wrote on Saturday. It cited officials as saying the government was therefore looking beyond a ceasefire to a possible new regional cooperation agreement involving peacekeeping and border security, support for democratic political forces within DRC and economic aid to reconstruct the country. The DRC was “ungoverned and ungovernable,” the newspaper quoted a senior US official as saying. “It has become a free-trade zone for the region’s garbage.”
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