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IMF Approves US$551 Million Loan for the DRC

IMF - December 11, 2009

IMF - CongoThe Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund has approved a three-year, US$551.45 million arrangement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo under the Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility. The Executive Board also approved additional interim assistance of US$72.68 million under the enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative to reduce the DRC’s debt service payments to the IMF.
Mazembe lose at Club World Cup

BBC Sports - December 11, 2009

TP MazembeBrazilian striker Denilson scored twice as Pohang Steelers of South Korea came from a goal down to beat DR Congo's TP Mazembe 2-1 at the Club World Cup.
Congo army reports 1,200 FDLR rebels killed since February

Xinhua - December 10, 2009

FARDC soldier in KivuThe army of the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 1,200 rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces since February, the military announced on Wednesday.
Thirtieth report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on MONUC

Ban Ki-moon - December 9, 2009

Ban Ki-moonMONUC and the Secretariat will, during the first quarter of 2010, engage with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in detailed discussions on the future direction and configuration of the Mission with a view to agreeing on the critical tasks that need to be accomplished with the support of MONUC and within the expected time frames before the Mission can begin its drawdown, without triggering a relapse into instability.
Efforts to thwart rebels in eastern DR Congo a mixed bag, says Ban Ki-moon

UN News - December 8, 2009

Ban Ki-moonProgress in bringing stability to the war-wracked east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is mixed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, noting the heavy humanitarian toll wrought by a military operation to flush out a notorious ethnic Hutu militia.
Final report of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC released

UN Security Council - December 7, 2009

Un Security CouncilThe Group investigated FDLR’s ongoing exploitation of natural resources in the Kivus, notably gold and cassiterite reserves, which the Group calculates continues to deliver millions of dollars in direct financing into the FDLR coffers. The Group also documents that a number of mineral exporting companies, some of which were named in a previous report of the Group in 2008 (S/2008/773), continue to trade with FDLR.
Global minerals, arms smuggling networks fuel DR Congo conflict - UN report

UN News - December 7, 2009

ColtanFDLR has a far-reaching international diaspora network involved in the day-to-day running of the movement, the coordination of military and arms trafficking activities and the management of financial activities. End buyers for cassiterite include the Malaysia Smelting Corporation and the Thailand Smelting and Refining Company, which is held by United Kingdom-based Amalgamated Metals Corporation.
Mazembe aim for Club World Cup

BBC Sports - December 6, 2009

TP MazembeDR Congo side TP Mazembe believe that they can become Africa's most successful club in the history of the Club World Cup. The African Champions League winners face Pohamba Steelers of South Korea in their first match on 11 December at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
ICC reverses decision on the interim release of Jean-Pierre Bemba

ICC - December 2, 2009

Jean-Pierre Bemba GomboToday, on 2 December 2009, Judge Akua Kuenyehia, Presiding Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), delivered a summary of the judgment reversing the decision of Pre-Trial Chamber II that had granted the request of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for interim release, albeit under conditions.
UN Security Council renews arms embargo and sanctions in DR Congo

UN News - November 30, 2009

Un Security CouncilCouncil members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution continuing the regime of sanctions, which consists of an arms embargo against all armed groups that are not part of either the Government’s integrated army (known as the FARDC) or police units, through 30 November next year.



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