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Congo to boycott UN meetings about the country

Congo to boycott UN meetings about the country

Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi is the top adviser to Congo President Joseph Kabila and he told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the government was informed that the meetings had been canceled.


He said Thursday’s meeting hosted by Germany and U.N. peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix was for special envoys on central Africa. But, he added, “we all know that the main issue there was going to be the Democratic Republic of Congo.”


Kikaya Bin Karubi said a second meeting Friday was organized by the United Nations “to review all aspects of problems facing the Congo.”

He said that “Congo can no longer accept to attend meetings as participants” when it hasn’t been consulted.




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The foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Iran have discussed Syria’s political future — as Western countries hold parallel meetings on the same issue.


Russia’s Sergey Lavrov, Turkish Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iran’s Javad Zarif met Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Lavrov called it a “good” meeting but gave no details.


The Russian Foreign Ministry says they discussed de-escalation efforts around the last Syrian rebel stronghold of Idlib and “prospects for the launch of a truly sustainable process of political settlement.”


The US, France and other allies are having a separate meeting Thursday at the UN on the next steps for Syria.


The Russian delegation also met with Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy for Syria who is urging the launch of a constitutional committee for Syria as soon as next month.