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UN to reduce DR Congo peace force

BBC News - May 28, 2010

MONUCThe UN Security Council has voted to authorise the withdrawal of up to 2,000 peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of Congo by 30 June. However, it has delayed a decision on the full withdrawal of its 20,500-strong force, as sought by Congolese President Joseph Kabila, to next year.
Security Council agrees to convert UN mission in DR Congo into stabilization force

UN News - May 28, 2010

Un Security CouncilThe Security Council today extended the current mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by one month and agreed to transform the operation so that from then on it becomes a stabilization mission.
U.S. Official Sees Improvement in Africa's Great Lakes Region

Charles W. Corey | America.gov - May 26, 2010

Johnnie CarsonPresident Kabila has taken important steps to address insecurity, but they remain insufficient. The president has also voiced strong support for our program to train a light infantry battalion in Kisangani. That training includes a strong focus on improving FARDC human rights practices, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told the U.S. Congress.
Great Lakes regional body calls for free, fair elections in member states

Xinhua - May 23, 2010

Great Lakes - AfricaThe International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) on Sunday urged its member states to hold free and fair elections in order to avoid the region from slipping back to anarchy.
Great Lakes states meet in Uganda over conflict minerals

Xinhua - May 23, 2010

Congo, Rwanda, Burundi,TanzaniaSenior government officials from the Great Lakes region on Sunday started a two-day meeting here that will discuss among others the illegal exploitation of natural resources that is fueling conflicts in the region.
African Leaders Discuss Nile River Dispute

VOA News - May 23, 2010

Joseph Kabila and Hosni MubarakEgypt's president has met with leaders of Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo to discuss a dispute over the Nile River. This month, Kenya and four other African nations signed an agreement to re-examine how the river's waters are shared. Congo and Burundi have promised to sign within a year.
DR Congo appoint temporary coach as search goes on

BBC Sport - May 19, 2010

Léopards - CongoDR Congo have appointed Otis Ngoma as temporary coach of the national side as the search for a permanent successor to Patrice Neveu continues. The DRC Football Federation says it has a list of more than 30 coaches who they are considering for the vacancy.
Back from DR Congo, Security Council set to review mandate of UN force

UN News - May 17, 2010

Joseph Kabila with members of the UN Security CouncilNoting that substantial progress had been made since deployment of the mission, known as MONUC, in 1999, Ambassador Gerard Araud of France said that members “recognize that the situation remains fragile and that therefore any development of the UN presence should be done gently to avoid further instability.”
Industry Representatives Discuss Conflict Minerals at the U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State - May 14, 2010

ColtanRepresentatives from the consumer electronics, automotive, jewelry and manufacturing industries met today with U.S. officials at the Department of State. The group discussed steps that can be taken to ensure that their supply chains do not contain conflict minerals that have fueled the ongoing conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Mazembe banking heavily on Mputu for success

Cafonline.com - May 13, 2010

Tresor Mbutu MabiMputu, named Best player on the continent at the last Glo-CAF Awards last March, has been linked to several clubs abroad after achieving almost all there is with the Lubumbabshi-based club. Mazembe have been drawn in Group A for the group phase of the premier continental club championship against former winners’ Entente Setif (Algeria) and Esperance (Tunisia) and Zimbabwean side Dynamos.







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