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Student's question lost in translation 'struck a nerve' with Hillary Clinton

CNN - August 11, 2009

Hillary ClintonThe tense moment happened as Clinton spoke to students at a Congolese university in Kinshasa. A male student rose to ask a question about Chinese financial contracts in his country. The student asked Clinton what President Obama would think of the deal, but pool reporters in the room said the translator made a mistake and asked what Bill Clinton would think.
Clinton: US Committed to Good Governance in Congo

VOA News - August 10, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Hillary Clinton in Goma"We know that the promise of the D.R.C. is limitless. We will help you build a strong, civilian-lead government that is accountable and transparent, an independent judiciary, a professional military that respects human rights, a free press, and an active and engaged citizenry. A society whose institutions respect the rule of law," she said.
Hillary Clinton: the United States stand ready to assist the government to promote human rights

State.gov - August 10, 2009

Hillary Clinton in KinshasaWell, it’s interesting because I’m aware of the commitment that China has made, and I think that building roads is a very important development goal for this country. But so is good governance. So is protecting and promoting human rights. So is building an independent judiciary, a free press, the institutions of democracy that will hold up over time. It’s important to build a free market, to stand against corruption, to ask for more transparency, and the United States has been working to achieve those goals.
Hillary Clinton to tackle Congo conflict

BBC News - August 10, 2009

Hillary ClintonUS Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she will speak out on the country's deadly civil conflict.
Ban Ki-moon welcomes summit between leaders of DR Congo and Rwanda

UN News - August 7, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in GomaSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed yesterday’s summit between the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, the first official bilateral meeting since the neighbouring African nations broke off official ties more than one decade ago.
'New era' for DR Congo and Rwanda

BBC News - August 6, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in GomaThe leaders of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo have pledged to boost economic and security ties, hailing an "all new era" after a rare meeting. The talks took place 13 years after the neighbours broke diplomatic relations.
Voter Registration Extended for 15 Days in Kinshasa

ACP - August 4, 2009

Dieudonne MirimoThe Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has extended the deadline to register for the upcoming elections to August 20, 2009. The IEC made the decision on Tuesday, responding to numerous calls to give more time to those who want to register.
Congo Militias Target of Virunga Park Ranger Crackdown

VOA News - August 3, 2009

Virunga Park RangerThe charcoal trafficking…is an extremely lucrative business. It has an annual turnover of over $30 million. And much of those revenues are going to the armed groups. And these armed groups are responsible for the instability in the eastern Congo, which has been an extremely serious problem for over 15 years.
Susan Rice: United Nations Peacekeeping Force Under Severe Strain

VOA News - July 30, 2009

US ambassador to the UN Susan RiceThe U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations says the U.N. peacekeeping force is stretched to the limit, and needs more support and supervision. Ambassador Susan Rice told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that peacekeeping helps protect the United States and other nations. Rice is urging Congress to support peacekeeping, despite sexual misconduct by a few members of the force.
MONUC trains its staff on sexual exploitation and abuse

MONUC - July 30, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoMounia Lakhdar-Hamina and Kandi Godia, of the Conduct and Discipline (CDU) unit recalled the importance for staff to conduct themselves well. “Recruited to assist a country beset by various difficulties, MONUC staff are continually watched by the population,” said Ms Kandi Godia. In this respect, they are expected to comply with “the highest standards of conduct required by their private and professional lives.” In other words, staff should comply with the UN codes of conduct and the host country’s laws, she added.







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