KINSHASA, Zaire — While Europe pressed for immediate deployment of an international force to aid refugees fleeing fighting in Zaire, Zairian officials urged Saturday that the United Nations first condemn its neighbors for their part in the conflict.
Zaire accuses the Tutsi-led armies of Rwanda and Burundi of taking over three key cities in eastern Zaire--Bukavu, Goma and Uvira. Rwanda says Tutsi rebels in Zaire are responsible for the attacks, which have scattered 1.1 million Rwandan Hutu refugees living in Zaire.
"The U.N. must condemn, in an unequivocal manner, the aggression perpetrated against Zaire by the presence of troops from the Rwandan and Burundian armed forces," Interior Minister Gerard Kamanda wa Kamanda said after private talks with U.N. special envoy Raymond Chretien.
Kamanda did not say, however, that Zaire would block any international intervention in the country without the condemnation.
Meanwhile, about 120 Rwandan Hutu refugees arrived in Goma on Saturday after what they said was a walk of more than a week with no food or water except what they could scavenge by the roadside.