UN calls for immediate ceasefire in eastern Congo

Other News Materials 22 October 2008 04:26 (UTC +04:00)

The U.N. Security Council has sought an immediate ceasefire by armed groups in eastern Congo to quell fighting that it said could renew a wider conflict in central Africa, according to AP.

The 15-nation council's members share "grave concern at the resurgence of violence" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's eastern provinces, said Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui, this month's council president.

Zhang said in a statement on behalf of the council that it is "alarmed by the humanitarian consequences of the recent fighting and urges all parties to immediately respect a ceasefire."