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UN reports security improvement with many militia groups demobilizing

UN News Service - December 20, 2006

Congo MilitiamenSecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has improved, with numerous militia groups joining the United Nations-run disarmament programme, and calm returning in the east after fighting between the Congolese Army and partisans of a rogue general, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported today.
Security crucial to Kabila's success

IRIN - December 20, 2006

Joseph Kabila in Nairobi, KenyaJoseph Kabila won Congo's first democratic presidential elections in decades, but now the 35-year-old former guerrilla leader faces the daunting task of rebuilding from scratch a country almost the size of western Europe.
Signing of Nairobi pact paves the way for peace in the Great Lakes region

Monuc - December 18, 2006

Signing of stability pact between the country of the Great Lakes - Joseph Kabila - Congo DRCWith the signing of the Nairobi pact on Friday December 15 2006 by DRC, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, it paves the way for security, stability and development in the region, after years of conflict.
At UN meeting, 11 African countries from Great Lakes region sign new stability pact

UN News Service - December 16, 2006

Congo - Great Lakes ConferenceCulminating a two-day summit meeting at the United Nations Office at Nairobi, African leaders from eleven countries today signed a Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes region which Secretary-General Kofi Annan has praised for its potential to consolidate peace in a region that has seen some of the world’s deadliest conflicts.
UN and aid agencies appeal for $19 million to combat landmines

UN News Centre - December 15, 2006

Congo MapThe Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations officials and aid agencies have renewed an appeal for the remaining $19 million needed to help fund next year's effort to rid the country of deadly landmines left over from the bloody six-year civil war, which kill innocent people and prevent whole areas of land from being developed.
DRC's Kabila Faces Unruly, Corrupt Mining Sector

VOA News - December 15, 2006

Joseph Kabila inaugurationAs the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila begins his first democratically elected presidential term, he faces the challenge of radical reform in the mining sector, which has been marked by decades of corruption and mismanagement.
Leaders meet over peace, development and humanitarian crises

IRIN - December 14, 2006

Joseph Kabila meet with other Great Lakes region head of states in Nairobi, KenyaThe humanitarian crises precipitated by numerous civil wars in Africa's Great Lakes region can best be mitigated by consolidating peace and political stability to promote development, leaders at a summit in Nairobi said on Thursday."We need to consolidate the delicate equation of peace and security, and begin to direct our energies towards reconstruction and development," Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki, the incoming Chairman of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, said.
Trial in DRC Focuses Attention on Mining Industry

VOA News - December 14, 2006

Lubumbashi - CongoSoldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo and employees of an international mining company went on trial this week. They are charged with committing war crimes against civilians during an army crackdown in 2004.
The Independant Electoral Commission has published the list of senate candidates

Congo Planet/CEI - December 14, 2006

Parlement - CongoThe Independant Electoral Commission has published the list of candidates to the senatorial elections due to be held on January 7, 2007. The list has 1,141 names distributed amongst provinces as follows: Bandundu : 93,Bas-Congo : 52,Equateur : 141,Maniema : 34,Kasai Occidental : 60,Kasai Oriental : 126,Katanga : 166,Kinshasa : 241,Nord-Kivu : 52,Province Orientale : 118,Sud-Kivu : 44.
Precarious humanitarian situation in North Kivu

Monuc - December 13, 2006

Nord-KivuAt the weekly MONUC press conference this Wednesday December 13 2006, MONUC stated that the humanitarian situation in North Kivu remains 'precarious', as there are over 500,000 people internally displaced people (IDP's), representing half of the total number of IDP's in the DRC.



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