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Ceasefire fails to quell fighting

By Lucy Manning, Lindsey Hilsum

Updated on 31 October 2008

The UN secretary general has urged the Congolese rebel leader to keep a ceasefire declaration following heavy fighting in the country.

The EU is meeting to decide to whether to send more forces to the region as aid agencies are warning of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Foreign envoys have been deployed to the Congo-Rwanda border where tens of thousands have fled their homes.

But the Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda has threatened to occupy the eastern city of Goma unless UN peacekeepers guarantee a ceasefire.

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