DR Congo gov't urges WFP, UNHCR to help consolidate peace

20:15, July 23, 2010      

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The prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Adolphe Muzito, on Thursday appealed to the World Food Program (WFP) and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to help consolidate peace in the war-torn Central African country.

Muzito made the appeal in talks with visiting Josette Sheeeran, the WFP executive director, and Antonio Guterres, the UNHCR commissioner. He urged both agencies to go beyond humanitarian aid and establish sustainable programs.

DR Congo acknowledges the support of WFP and UNHCR, he said, adding his country expects more such as agricultural projects and seeds supply to Congolese farmers.

The WFP executive director was in DR Congo to listen to the government on its strategies to restore stability and improve livelihood of its people. She said WFP supports the government's efforts to develop agriculture.

On his part, Guterres promised that UNHCR will come up with peace consolidation programs in DR Congo. He said the organization will ensure that refugees have confidence in their return to the country.

"UNHCR is committed, with other neighboring countries, to facilitate the return of refugees and help in their normal re- integration process into the society," Guterres said.

Guterres said their visit came at a historic moment in DR Congo, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence with the mandate of the UN peace-keeping force adapted to the country's improved situation.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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