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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.
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.



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