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AID WORKERS TO BEGIN DELIVERING FOOD, MEDICINE TO ZAIRIAN CITIES.

Byline: Associated Press

Aid workers will try to bring truckloads of badly needed food and medicine into the eastern Zairian cities of Goma and Bukavu, a U.N. official said Sunday, a day after securing Tutsi rebels' approval.

Rebel leader Laurent Kabila agreed Saturday to allow aid agencies into the cities, where fighting in the past month sent more than a million refugees scattering into inhospitable forests and mountains without food or water.

``He assured us that they will give us full support and even made an appeal to the international community for help with food and medicine,'' said Omar Bakhet, the senior U.N. official in Rwanda.

The relief operation, scheduled to begin today, is separate from a proposed European plan that would send a multinational security force into eastern Zaire to secure aid distribution corridors.

The latest plan affects only the two cities and areas immediately surrounding them. Many refugees have fled further west, into inaccessible parts of Zaire.

Assessment teams and some emergency aid were to enter Zaire on Monday from the Rwandan border towns of Cyangugu and Gisenyi, Bakhet said. Those teams would lay the groundwork, and the full operation could be running in earnest by Tuesday.
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