3 Nov 2008

Australia pledges aid for Congo

6:08 am on 3 November 2008

Australia has pledged $A1 million in humanitarian aid for the Congo.

Fresh fighting has broken out between the army and a rebel movement in Congo, sparking some of the worst violence there in years.

The ABC reports the Australian government already gives the UN between $A10 - $A15 million per year for peace-keeping activities in the war-torn nation.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith said the Government is very concerned about the latest bout of violence.

He said Australia was not considering contributing troops to the UN force.