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Chinese engineers arrive in Bukavu

A contingent of 175 Chinese engineers has arrived in Bukavu in South Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to build a medical centre, the spokesman of the UN Mission in DRC, known as MONUC, Hamadoun Toure, said on Monday.

A 70-strong Chinese medical team was also due to arrive soon in Kindu in Maniema province, Toure told IRIN.

Toure said MONUC was also awaiting the arrival of around 1,000 South African and 105 Swedish troops to support the process of disarming, demobilising, repatriating, and rehabilitating foreign armed groups operating in the DRC. These are mainly the Rwandan Interahamwe militia and the ex-Forces armees rwandaises (FAR), both responsible for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Toure said the Swedes' task would be to contact targeted groups in their forest hiding places and convince them to be repatriated.

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