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Italy expects rapid fix to blocked Congo adoptions
Italian promised 'quick solution' to blocked Congo adoptions by Italian families left waiting
Associated Press
2013-12-24 11:42 PM

ROME (AP) -- The Italian premier's office says Congo has promised a quick solution to blocked adoptions of Congolese children by Italian families under a broader reassessment of international adoption procedures in that country.

Premier Enrico Letta's office said Tuesday that Congolese Prime Minister Augstin Matata Ponyo "expressed strong expectations of a rapid solution" during a phone call Tuesday.

Italian news reports have said up to 26 Italian families, with 32 adopted children, have been left in limbo by the Congolese government's suspension of international adoptions of Congolese children following allegations that some were abandoned by their adoptive parents. Russia and China have made similar moves.

Letta has sent a delegation to the capital, Kinshasha, to meet Wednesday with officials seeking "a quick return to Italy of the families with their children."

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