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Congo Government Declares Curfew

November 13, 1999

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) _ A nighttime curfew was declared Saturday across Congo, with the government saying its enemies were preparing for a major assault.

The 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew was ordered in reaction to a ``barbarous project″ being undertaken by Congo’s enemies _ Rwanda, Uganda, Angolan rebels and the main rebel movements, according to a government announcement.

All boat traffic was also ordered stopped after 6 p.m.

Congolese rebels and the government have been trading accusations in recent weeks, each saying the other had been violating an increasingly shaky peace accord signed in July.

``Our fatherland is in danger _ stay united and vigilant,″ Congolese Information Minister Didier Mumengi said, announcing the curfew on state television. It wasn’t immediately clear how long the curfew would last and Mumengi gave no other details.

A U.N. plan to monitor the cease-fire and supervise the withdrawal of foreign troops and the disarmament of Rwandan Hutu militiamen remains stalled.

The civil war in the former Zaire erupted a year after Kabila overthrew former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997.

The war drew in forces from at least five other countries: Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola have been propping up Kabila’s regime, while Uganda and Rwanda _ both of which supported Kabila in the earlier war against Mobutu _ have been supporting the rebels trying to overthrow him.

The Congolese rebels now control much of the country’s north and east.

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