Congo And Angola Officials To Suspend Deportations

An Angolan official says his country and neighboring Congo have agreed to suspend thousands of deportations.

Angolan Deputy Foreign Minister Georges Chicoty said Tuesday that the countries will let Congolese refugees remain in Angola, and Angolan refugees remain in Congo.

Last month Angola stepped up its expulsions of Congolese citizens. That led authorities in Congo to begin expelling Angolans in large numbers.

The U.N. humanitarian agency says at least 16,000 Congolese living in Angola have been forced out of the country since August. And the agency says at least 14,000 Angolans have been expelled from the Congo.