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DR Congo blocks Soco from oil search

The Democratic Republic of Congo has alone a bid by the UK's Soco International to chase for oil in the acclaimed Virunga National Park, home to attenuate abundance gorillas.Environment Minister Jose Endundo said he had alone an ecology appraisal submitted by the firm.Environmental groups had warned that conduct for oil in the esplanade would accident the park's eco-system and access astriction in the airy area.This was denied by Soco.Virunga is home to some 200 of the world's actual 700 abundance gorillas, the AP account bureau reports.It is additionally apparent as one of the best bio-diverse places on Earth and is on the UN's account of World Heritage sites in danger.UN cultural organisation Unesco has again warned adjoin oil analysis in the area.Virunga is in eastern DR Congo, area abundant armed groups abide to accomplish - admiring by the area's affluent mineral resources.Mr Endundo said the ban would not alone affect the Virunga esplanade but the absolute bound region.Soco's arch controlling Roger Cagle told the BBC that oil analysis would abide on the Ugandan ancillary of the bound behindhand of the Congolese decision.