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Referendum: calm reigns in Kinshasa, president visits South Kivu

MISNA - December 17, 2005

While calm returns to Kinshasa after demonstrations against Sunday?s referendum yesterday morning, the Congolese people have turned their attention to Bukavu, capital of South Kivu, as for the first time president Josep Kabila visited the area.


Stakes high for vote on draft constitution

IRIN - December 15, 2005

Almost 25 million voters in the DRC could prepare the way for the country's first presidential and parliamentary elections if they accept the draft constitution that is to be presented to them on Sunday in a referendum, senior diplomats said in Kinshasa.


World Bank approves US $125-million grant for reconstruction

IRIN - December 9, 2005

The World Bank has approved a US $125-million grant to help the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebuild its agricultural production and enhance food security, the bank said on Thursday.


Kabila Warns of Catastrophic Consequences of No Vote on Constitution

VOA News - December 8, 2005

Congo's President Joseph Kabila said Thursday that his country's voters must accept a proposed post-war constitution later this month if elections are to be held in 2006.


Rescue, recovery teams search lake for quake victims

IRIN - December 6, 2005

The search for possible victims of an earthquake near the lakeside town of Kalemie in eastern Congo (DRC) continued along the shores of Lake Tanganyika on Tuesday, humanitarian and provincial authorities in Goma, capital of North Kivu Province, said.


EU calls for revival of regional economic bloc

IRIN - December 6, 2005

The European Union (EU) commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, Louis Michel, has called for the revival of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries of Africa(the Communauté Economique des Pays des Grands Lacs, or CEPGL), that collapsed in 1998 as a result of war in the region.


Relief efforts blocked in northern Katanga as fighting continues

IRIN - December 6, 2005

The French charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says that the army in northern Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has blocked relief workers from entering the area since beginning a military campaign against local militias there in mid-November.


Returning refugees risk being displaced

IRIN - December 6, 2005

Tens of thousands of refugees in the Great Lakes region have started returning home, but without adequate support they could reignite conflicts and end up joining the millions of people displaced within their own countries, a senior UN official said on Tuesday.


UN briefs African Union on deployment in troubled east of DR of Congo

UN News Service - December 2, 2005

A military delegation from the African Union (AU) has arrived in North Kivu in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assess the possible deployment of 7,000 troops to disarm foreign armed groups who have been attacking civilians, the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) said.


Amnesty law passed without MPs from Kabila's party

IRIN - November 30, 2005

The lower house of parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the National Assembly, passed on Tuesday a law granting amnesty to people who have been blamed for acts of war as well as political offences.





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