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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.
Replace war spirit with reconciliation, urges EU

IRIN - March 28, 2007

Elections protestThe recent violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was irresponsible and should be replaced with a spirit of reconciliation and inclusiveness to ensure stability in the fragile country, said European Union envoys.
Government, opposition in DR Congo must shoulder their democratic duty - UN

UN News - March 27, 2007

Ban Ki-moonUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on both the Government and opposition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to shoulder their responsibilities to democracy to ensure a full transition to peace after last year's historic elections intended to set the seal on decades of civil war and factional fighting.
EU heads express 'indignation' over Kinshasa violence

MONUC - March 27, 2007

EU Ambassadors in KinshasaAt a press conference in Kinshasa this Tuesday March 27 2007, the representatives of the European Union countries to the DRC expressed their 'indignation' at the recourse to the violent armed Kinshasa conflict of March 22 to 25 2007, 'when all routes to dialogue were not yet exhausted.' German ambassador Karl Albrecht Wokalek said the death toll 'could reach 600.'
European Union Condemns Congo Bloodshed

VOA News - March 27, 2007

Kinshasa violenceEuropean Union ambassadors have expressed their indignation at two days of machine-gun and mortar battles between the army and loyalists of former vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital.
Human Rights Groups Say DRC Needs Dialogue, Not Violence

VOA News - March 27, 2007

No gunsIn the Democratic Republic of Congo, human-rights organizations say they are not reassured by President Joseph Kabila's statement that the military action that left dozens dead last week was necessary to maintain peace. They say the way to national reconciliation is open dialogue and space for a strong opposition.
Congo's President Vows to Deal with Deadly Clashes

VOA News - March 26, 2007

Joseph KabilaDemocratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila says he will track down all people responsible for the two-day clashes in the capital, Kinshasa, that killed 120 people.
Cautious Calm Returns to Democratic Republic of Congo

VOA News - March 25, 2007

DRC looting in KinshasaResidents of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, are relieved but bitter, as calm has returned after two days of brutal fighting between government forces and the guard of opposition leader and former vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba. Dozens are reported dead, and the death toll is expected to rise as more information becomes available.
Calm returns to Kinshasa

MONUC - March 24, 2007

Kinshasa BoulevardCalm has returned to Kinshasa this Saturday March 24 2007, after two days of heavy fighting in the central district of Gombe between members of ex vice President's Bemba's guards and the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC), which claimed the lives of at least 60 people, and left many wounded.



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