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International blocs concerned on DRC humanitarian crisis

afrol News, 3 November - International officials have expressed concerns on worsening humanitarian situation in east of Democratic Republic of Congo, saying food, shelter, water and health care must be met through universal provision.

A joint statement on the crisis in Eastern DRC issued by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, said region is a cause for concern based on its background. "This requires local and international co-operation," staement said.

Statement urged DRC government to take command of its forces, honour its obligations under Nairobi accords, and establish channels of communication with all communities and its neighbours.

Nairobi Agreement also requires active steps from government of Rwanda towards peace and stability restoration in DRC. "And we look to Government there to fulfill its responsibilities," it said.

Mr Miliband and Mr Kouchner said regional states have a vital contribution in promoting peace and human development, thus contributing to political process.

The two officials said demonstrations by African Union and European Union commitment to work together for a regional meeting, is a positive step towards implementation of Nairobi and Goma Accords.

"International community must support humanitarian delivery, strengthen the United Nations force MONUC, and help promote and enforce agreements," said statement.

Meanwhile, European officials warned that 1.6 million displaced people are at risk in east of DRC, with more deployment of armed forces.

Head of mission for UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Gloria Fernandez, said access to rebel-held Rutshuru, in the north of Nord-Kivu province, has been organised following negotiations.

"We have organised a convoy that is going with participation of international NGOs and UN agencies to assist civilains," Ms Fernandez said.

It is estimated that 250,000 civilians have been directly affected by the most recent conflict, particularly in Rutshuru.

Fresh bloody battles in DRC have attracted attention of internation community in recent days with humanitarian crisis said to be going from bad to worse.

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