|Interview with William Swing, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative|
IRIN - June 13, 2006
|The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is to hold its first elections in 45 years on 30 July. Donors are providing almost half a billion dollars to fund the polls, and the United Nations peacekeeping mission there, known as MONUC, is responsible for transporting the electoral personnel and voting material to 53,000 polling sites around the country.|
|EU military communications advance team arrives|
IRIN - June 8, 2006
|A 20-member advance team of the European Union (EU) force charged with safeguarding the first general elections in 45 years in the Congo has arrived in the capital, Kinshasa, a spokesman for the force said on Thursday|
|To vote, or not to vote?|
IRIN - June 8, 2006
|Among the many political problems weighing on this giant, war-weary nation as it staggers towards its first elections in 40 years, is the fact that its main opposition has missed the deadline to register.|
|German parliament approves contingent for Congo's EU force|
IRIN - June 4, 2006
|The German parliament, the Bundestag, voted 135-5 on Thursday to send a maximum of 780 soldiers to a United Nations-mandated European Union force, due to be deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to support the UN mission there during general elections set for 30 July.|
|ICC defers militia leader's hearing|
IRIN - June 1, 2006
The International Criminal Court will hold the confirmation hearing in the case against former Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga on 28 September, three month later than the initial date set, ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said.
|US Senators Promote Improved US-Congo Legislation|
VOA News - May 31, 2006
A bipartisan group of US senators will promote legislation outlining US policy toward the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The bill is spearheaded by Illinois democrats Barack Obama and Dick Durbin and republicans Sam Brownback of Kansas and Michael DeWine of Ohio.
|7 UN Peacekeepers Missing, Presumed Captured in Congo|
VOA News - May 29, 2006
Seven Nepalese peacekeepers serving with the United Nations mission in Congo have been missing since Sunday, and are presumed captured by militia. The U.N. says the peacekeepers were separated from their unit during fighting with militia, during which one other Nepalese soldier was killed and three were wounded.
|South African institute discounts "coup plot" theory following arrests|
IRIN - May 28, 2006
The South African-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has ruled out chances that the men arrested and identified as foreign mercenaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were plotting a coup or planning to destabilise the country ahead of 30 July elections.
|U.S. citizens released without charges|
Middleton Coudriet Media Group - May 27, 2006
Orlando-based AQMI Strategy Corporation has confirmed the release of three U.S. Citizens who had been illegally detained since Friday, May 19 by the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
|International community denounces manipulation on alleged "coup"|
MISNA - May 26, 2006
The international community deplored "the recent manoeuvres" of security service agents "against some political candidates and certain political figures" and "denounces the political exploitation of a coup plot" in a critical statement