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DR Congo, Rwanda accomplish 65% of joint military operation

XINHUA - February 15, 2009

Congolese soldiersThe joint forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and Rwanda have accomplished 65 percent of the military operation against Rwandan Hutu rebels, dealing a heavy blow to the insurgency, according to the Congolese government. Communication Minister Lambert Mende unveiled the achievements in the capital Kinshasa at a press conference, saying the government is totally satisfied with the joint military operation which has not caused any civilian casualties.
Officials: LRA Threat 'Gravely Reduced'

VOA News - February 15, 2009

Joseph KonyOfficials say Ugandan rebels who have terrorized central Africa are getting weaker in the face of a regional military offensive. A spokesman for the joint military effort, Captain Deo Akiki, says the Lord's Resistance Army's capacity to kill and abduct people has been, in his words, gravely reduced.
Air Raid Kills Hutu Militia in DRC

VOA News - February 13, 2009

North Kivu MapArmy officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say an air raid has killed more than 40 Rwandan Hutu rebels. The Thursday strike on the camp where leaders of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda were meeting also wounded several other rebels.
Many Congolese Flee to Southern Sudan

VOA News - February 10, 2009

Joseph KonyThousands of people fleeing rebel attacks in the northeastern DRC are seeking safe haven in South Sudan. Members of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army of Uganda have been attacking towns and villages in Orientale Province, killing at least 900 people. Humanitarian agencies have been trying to determine the number and location of the displaced people in the province.
Survivors of Ugandan rebel massacres in DR Congo seek help from UN

UN News - February 10, 2009

Children in CongoAngry and traumatized survivors of massacres by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has killed nearly 1,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), today sought shelter, food, medicine – and justice – from the top United Nations relief official.
UN mission in DR Congo says situation calm in North Kivu province

XINHUA - February 8, 2009

Goma - North KivuThe UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says the situation in the troubled North Kivu province is calm despite the on-going joint military operation against Rwandan rebels.
Kinshasa and Kigali Hold Talks over Extradition of Rebel Leader

VOA News - February 6, 2009

Laurent NkundaNegotiations between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda over the extradition of renegade army General Laurent Nkunda are expected to end today in Rwanda's capital, Kigali. This comes after residents of North Kivu province disrupted by the activities of rebels loyal to Nkunda demanded to see the rebel leader on trial in Congo.
Spain judge indicts Rwanda forces

BBC News - February 6, 2009

James KabarebeA judge in Spain has issued international arrest warrants for 40 Rwandan soldiers accused of mass killings following the 1994 genocide. The judge said that, after taking power, the army under Mr Kagame carried out mass killings of Hutus in Rwanda and in refugee camps in what was then neighbouring Zaire.
DR Congo says over 2,000 Rwandan refugees ready to return

XINHUA - February 4, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesMore than 2,000 Hutu refugees from Rwanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), including civilians and ex-combatants, are ready to return to their home country, authorities announced on Tuesday.
Facing shortfall, Ban appeals for more peacekeepers for DR Congo

UN News - February 3, 2009

Ban Ki-moonMember States have so far failed to provide nearly enough troops to reinforce the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the Security Council called in November for 3,000 additional peacekeepers in the face of mounting violence in the east of the vast country.



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