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DRC: UN Completes Camps For Government Troops

DR Congo: United Nations mission completes construction of camps for Government troops

16 July 2008 - The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has completed construction on three training camps for Government forces, known as the FARDC, as well as roads, bridges and airfields in North and South Kivu provinces in the east of the country.

The building projects are part of a stabilization plan for the country being carried out by the mission, which is known as MONUC, with the aim of boosting economic activity and improving security in the country's troubled eastern areas.

The three training camps can accommodate a total of 5,000 trainees, and also house ammunition dumps, firing ranges and sports grounds.

In addition, MONUC recently rehabilitated nine roads in the two provinces as well as rebuilding three bridges and two airfields in Bunia and Mavivi.

The construction work was carried out by MONUC's Chinese, Indonesian and Uruguayan engineering companies.

MONUC said today that these construction projects were essential to the freedom of movement of people and the economic development of the country.

There are plans to rebuild a further 14 roads as well as an airfield and two bridges, which will later be handed over to the State.

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