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Aid to the Congo

CNN is reporting that various aid groups are expected to travel into rebel-held territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help the tens of thousands of people that have been displaced in the latest rebel fighting.

Western diplomats met with leaders in order to get a peace process moving.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown warned the international community that we cannot allow Congo to become "another Rwanda"- the spot of the genocide in 1994.

There has been a four-day cease fire, which appears to still be holding on Sunday yet residents are still fleeing as they are fearful of fresh violence.

The fighting in Congo is based on ethnic grievances.

The New York Times is reporting that the European Union is ready to send humanitarian aid to fleeing civilians, but is considering whether it will send European troops, according to France's foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner.

Last week France proposed that the EU send up to 1,500 troops to support United Nations peace keepers in Congo, said Kouchner.

A Foreign Office minister, Mark Malloch-Brown, said in an interview with the BBC that the EU would only send troops to Congo as a last resort if the existing United Nations force needed to be reinforced and diplomatic peace efforts failed.