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International Criminal Court gives Jean-Pierre Bemba conditional release

ICC - August 14, 2009

Jean-Pierre BembaPre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court decided to grant the request of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for interim release, albeit under conditions. The implementation of this decision is deferred pending a determination in which State Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo will be released and which set of conditions shall be imposed.
Congo Defends China Mineral Deal

VOA News - August 12, 2009

Tambwe Mwamba and Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoThe Democratic Republic of Congo is defending a $9 billion mineral deal with China that is holding up a major international agreement aimed at reducing the DRC's external debt. China's biggest investment deal in Africa would give state-owned firms the right to develop Congolese copper and cobalt mines in exchange for building roads, railways, hydroelectric dams, universities, airports and hospitals.
Clinton, Congo President Discuss Security in Country's Eastern Kivu Region

VOA News - August 12, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoU.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Congolese President Joseph Kabila say they are both committed to improving security in Congo's troubled Kivu regions. Secretary Clinton announced $17 million in new U.S. assistance to help victims of sexual violence in Congo.
World Bank President Robert Zoellick Meets with President Joseph Kabila in Goma

ACP - August 11, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Robert Zoellick in GomaThe president of the World Bank, Robert B. Zoellick, met with President Joseph Kabila for an hour on Tuesday in Goma (North Kivu province). They reviewed the economic issues affecting the DRC amidst the global fincancial crisis.
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.



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