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Goma: William Swing and five ambassadors meet president Kabila

MONUC - October 17, 2007

Joseph Kabila meets with ambassadors in Goma on 10.15.2007William Swing, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the DRC and five country ambassadors from the US, France, UK, Belgium and South Africa met DRC President Joseph Kabila in Goma, North Kivu province on Monday 15 October 2007.
Sexual violence - the scourge of the east

IRIN - October 16, 2007

Congo rape victimWomen in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are so familiar with the crude mechanics of sexual violence they have no problem explaining how it works.
Congo Rebels Brace for More Fighting Following Deadline Extension

VOA News - October 16, 2007

Forces loyal to dissident Congolese General Laurent Nkunda will not integrate in Congo 's national army, despite the extension of an October 15 deadline, a rebel spokesman said Tuesday. Noel King has more in this report from Kigali.


Fighting Cripples Humanitarian Aid in War-Torn Eastern Congo

VOA News - October 16, 2007

Humanitarian officials warn a crisis in eastern Congo's war-torn North Kivu Province is deepening with each passing day. A new eruption of fighting between rebels and the Congolese army has sent thousands of civilians streaming over mountain roads for the relative safety of the capital city, Goma.


Should Lubanga Face Trial in DRC?

IWPR - October 16, 2007

Thomas LubangaHis trial hasn't yet begun, but it is already possible that the International Criminal Court's sole detainee will return to the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, for at least part of the proceedings.
Ituri: DDR phase III process officially ends

MONUC - October 16, 2007

Ituri - CongoThe Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) phase III pilot project which began in Ituri district on 4 August 2007, officially ended on Monday 15 October 2007 in Bunia. The DRC Minister for Social Affairs who chaired the ceremony gave an additional 72 hours deadline extension for combatants still in the bush to disarm, and launched the community reconstruction project for Ituri.
Eastern Congo Braces for More Fighting

VOA News - October 15, 2007

Congo-Kinshasa - Goma - SakeThe situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is reported to be tense as a government deadline for rebel fighters to join the army draws near.President Joseph Kabila has given fighters loyal to renegade General Laurent Nkunda until the end of Monday to lay down their weapons. Rebels and foreign observers have said they expect the army to attack soon after the deadline.
DRC Rebel Leader Urges Government to Accept Ceasefire

VOA News - October 15, 2007

In the Democratic republic of Congo, the leader of the rebel National Congress for the People's Defense (NCPD) said his forces would not be able to abide by President Joseph Kabila's ultimatum of laying down their weapons today (Monday). General Laurent Nkunda said the agreed area of Mushaki where the rebels were supposed to assemble to be integrated into the national army has come under heavy government gunfire, making it impossible for them to abide by the government's ultimatum.


Minister De Gucht pleased with work done by committee of experts to delimit border between DR Congo and Angola

Government of Belgium - October 15, 2007

The quadripartite committee of experts examining supporting documents for the delimitation of the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola (where the Kahemba territory and the Angolan province of Lunda Norte adjoin each other) has finished its work.


Fighting Continues In DRC Despite Call For Ceasefire

VOA News - October 14, 2007

Renegade General Laurent Nkunda, a few days ago, called for a ceasefire in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after breaking the truce a few days earlier. However, more fighting was reported in the region where clashes between government forces and soldiers loyal to a Nkunda have killed more than 100 people over the past week.









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