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UN mission says opposition forces in DR Congo have disarmed, awaiting handover

UN News Service - April 5, 2007

Monuc soldier in Kinshasa CongoAfter clashing violently with Government troops in the capital Kinshasa last month, opposition forces and their dependents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) currently under United Nations protection have disarmed, the world body's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) said today.
The fight against landmines in the DRC is a 'moral imperative'

MONUC - April 5, 2007

MONUC soldiers in CongoWorld Mine Action day was celebrated in Kinshasa on Wednesday April 4 2007. Many speakers explained the dangers that anti personnel mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) pose to the Congolese population and the development of the country, as well as underlining the challenges that lie ahead in this fight in the DRC.
MONUC: One must not establish a climate of persecution against the opposition

MONUC - April 4, 2007

Monuc - Congo KinshasaDuring the weekly press conference of April 4 2007, MONUC deplored the acts of intimidation and threats of March 22 and 23 last, aimed at many opposition members, including those considered to be associated to the MLC- Mr. Bemba’s political party.
Security Council underlines need for national reconciliation in DR Congo

UN News Service - April 3, 2007

Emyr Jones ParryCalling for a shared commitment from the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) authorities and political parties to national reconciliation, the Security Council today deplored the recent wave of deadly violence in the African country's capital and urged all sides to resolve their difference through dialogue.
Congo Suspends Negotiations on Mining Deals

VOA News - April 2, 2007

Democratic Republic of CongoDemocratic Republic of Congo has suspended all negotiations on mining contracts, while reviews existing deals. Home to a 10th of the world's copper, with substantial gold, diamond and cobalt deposits, Congo has attracted billions of dollars of mining investment in recent years.
DRC Opposition Leader Awaits Approval for Medical Evacuation

VOA News - April 1, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaPortuguese authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo confirm an agreement has been reached to allow Congolese opposition leader Jean Pierre Bemba, wanted on charges of treason, to travel to Portugal for medical treatment.
MACC: After the Kinshasa conflict, we have found over 20 items of unexploded ordnance

MONUC - March 29, 2007

MAAC - MONUCAfter the two day Kinshasa conflict of March 22 to 24 2007, there are some unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the city. The Mine Action Coordination Centre (MACC) appeals to the people of Kinshasa not to 'touch any object they find'. We spoke to MACC director Harouna Ouedrago who explained the risks of UXO, as well as the objectives of their work.
Former VP Bemba Expected to Leave DRC

VOA News - March 29, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaDemocratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Jean Pierre Bemba has talked about leaving the country, and recent reports say he could soon be flown to Portugal for health care. Bemba is in the South African Embassy in the capital Kinshasa, where he sought refuge when fighting broke out between his militia and Congolese army forces last week.
Opposition militias join army in Equateur province

IRIN - March 29, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaMilitias loyal to opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba have been integrated into the national army in Equateur province, in the northern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), United Nations officials said.
Extraordinary SADC Summit on Zimbabwe, Congo, Opens in Tanzania

VOA News - March 28, 2007

Southern African Development Community - SADCSouthern African Development Community heads of state gathered Wednesday in the Tanzanian capital of Dar-es-Salaam for an extraordinary summit at which Zimbabwe's deepening political and economic crisis was to be discussed along with the recent political bloodshed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.



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