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Trafficking in illicit arms in DR Congo is a 'genuine threat' to peace: UN team

UN News Centre - July 21, 2006

Small ArmsDocumenting repeated violations of the Security Council's arms embargo against the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a team of experts appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today that illicit trafficking represents a "genuine threat" to peace and called for close cooperation with the UN mission in the country to address the problem, particularly in the run-up to the 30 July elections.
Escaping the Conflict Trap in the Congo

Crisis Group - July 20, 2006

Congo's elections at the end of the month could set the stage for renewed violence unless Kinshasa and donors increase efforts to create a transparent and accountable government.


European Soldiers in Congo Flex Muscles Ahead of Polls

VOA News - July 20, 2006

Gen Karlheinz Viereck, EU Operation Commander for the DRC
The European Union's Congo force carried out exercises Thursday to show what it could do to help secure historic elections at the end of the month. The EU put its men, helicopters and technology on display in an attempt to show that it is ready to ensure the first elections in over 40 years run smoothly.
Condemning rights abuses, UN official urges Congolese authorities to respect law

UN News Centre - July 20, 2006

Congo MapCondemning recent abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where demonstrators have faced opposition in violation of their right to freedom of expression, a United Nations official in the country today called on the authorities to respect its new Constitution.
African Nations Say Congo Set for Free and Fair Elections

VOA News - July 18, 2006

Oscar KashalaA body of southern African nations, closely following the Democratic Republic of Congo's historic elections, says the poll later this month can be free and fair. Candidates are campaigning in the country's interior, violence erupted at a rally and complaints of irregularities continue.
Kinshasa accepts militia leader's plea to join army

IRIN - July 17, 2006

Miliamen in IturiThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has responded positively to a request by a militia leader in the northeastern district of Ituri to be integrated into the national army.
W. Swing: The freedom of the press is one of the pillars of any democratic country

Monuc - July 15, 2006

William SwingWilliam Swing, the United Nations Special Representative to the Secretary General in the DRC, inaugurated, on Thursday July 13 2006, a seminar entitled "MONUC, the media and the elections".
Trio in military court over journalist's murder

IRIN - July 13, 2006

Franck NgykeThree suspects have appeared before a military tribunal in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, facing murder charges over the death of a journalist and his wife eight months ago.
Second Carter Center Statement on the Election Preparations in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Carter Center - July 12, 2006

Jimmy CarterThe presidential and legislative election campaigns are now slowly underway across the country. While there has been an improvement in the quality of the information put out by political parties and candidates, there is still a tendency to politicize and sensationalize relatively straight-forward technical issues and unjustly undermine confidence in the electoral process.
Riot Police Break Up Congo Poll Protest

VOA News - July 11, 2006

Kinshasa ProtestRiot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to break up a protest in the middle of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital.  The demonstration had been called by more than half of the 33 presidential candidates for the upcoming July 30 elections.



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