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ERITREA-ETHIOPIA: Landmine accidents declining
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), One hundred people have been killed in landmine incidents over the last four years, the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) said on Tuesday. According to statistics released by UNMEE's Mine Action Coordination Centre (MACC), some 274 people have also been injured in such incidents since the UN force arrived in the region.
SUDAN: Parties differ on peacekeeping during transitional period
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), Differences have emerged between Sudanese warring parties over the structure and mandate of a proposed United Nations-supported peace-monitoring team to operate during the crucial six-and-a-half-year transitional period planned to follow the signing of a final peace agreement.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Government approves UN agency's disarmament proposal
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) has approved a US $13-million disarmament, demobilisation and reinsertion (DDR) programme, proposed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), targeting some 7,565 former combatants.
BURUNDI-TANZANIA: EC aid for vulnerable displaced people
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), The EC announced on Monday that it had approved two humanitarian aid packages, worth €30 million (US $38 million), for vulnerable displaced populations in Burundi and Tanzania.
BOTSWANA: Civic umbrella body to highlight plight of the Basarwa
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), An umbrella body of civic organisations hosting its biennial world assembly in Botswana next month plans to open a dialogue on the plight of the country's bushmen, also known as the Basarwa.
DRC: UN troops save 133 from sinking riverboat
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), Troops of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have rescued 133 people from a sinking boat on the River Congo, UN News reported on Tuesday.
BURUNDI: Plea for new constitution, electoral law
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), The transitional government of Burundi should ensure that the country has a new constitution as well as an electoral law to enable it to move to democracy within the time stipulated in the 2000 Arusha peace accord, the president of the accord's Implementation Monitoring Committee, Berhanu Dinka, said on Monday.
SOMALIA: I was not ill-treated, says released UN official
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), A United Nations staff member just freed from captivity has said that although the conditions of his captivity were harsh he was not ill-treated.
SUDAN: Rebels dismiss president's claim of victory in Darfur
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), The declaration this week by the government that it had defeated rebels in the western Darfur region was an important step towards unlocking humanitarian access and an eventual resolution to the conflict, a Sudanese diplomat said on Tuesday.
ZIMBABWE: Rescuing Bulawayo's street kids
10 February 2004 (IRIN ), It is a few minutes before lunchtime and a disorderly queue of dishevelled youths in ragged clothes has already formed outside the doors of Thuthuka, a drop-in centre for street children in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo.

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