DRC closing of Belgian missions 'blow to peace'

THE HAGUE - The Netherlands yesterday said Kinshasa's decision to close two Belgian missions after a diplomatic spat with former colonial ruler Belgium would hamper Western efforts to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

THE HAGUE - The Netherlands yesterday said Kinshasa's decision to close two Belgian missions after a diplomatic spat with former colonial ruler Belgium would hamper Western efforts to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The consulates were key to moves by the EU and the UN to bring stability to the country, the foreign ministry said. "We lament the intention of the Congolese authorities to close the consulates in the east of the country," it said. - Sapa-AFP

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