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North Kivu operation a boost for repatriation, peace - president

IRIN - February 3, 2009

Joseph KabilaThe joint military operation by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda to dislodge armed militias from North Kivu Province has prompted an increase in combatants willing to be repatriated, President Joseph Kabila said.
MONUC urges Rwandan Hutu militia to disarm and return home

UN News - February 2, 2009

Goma - MONUCThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has extended an olive branch to the ethnic Rwandan Hutu militia involved in armed conflict in the east of the country, urging combatants to hand in their weapons and repatriate.
DRC Army Integrates Over 6,000 Rebels

VOA News - January 29, 2009

Bosco NtagandaAt the ceremony, former rebel military commander Bosco Ntaganda was named second-in-command of the joint military brigades. An international mediation group headed by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo walked out of the ceremony in protest. Ntaganda is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of using child soldiers during hostilities in Congo's Ituri province in 2002 and 2003.
Amnesty International: Laurent Nkunda and Bosco Ntaganda must face justice

Amnesty International - January 28, 2009

Laurent NkundaThe arrest of Laurent Nkunda should be followed by swift steps to prosecute him on charges that he committed war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amnesty International said today. Any trial must be fair and exclude the death penalty. If states fail to do so, then the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction to seek to prosecute him. Since 2004, the ICC Prosecutor has been investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC, particularly in the Ituri region, and has sought and obtained arrest warrants.
Rebel Integration Into Congo Army Fails to Begin

VOA News - January 28, 2009

CNDP soldiers in CongoPlans to begin integrating rebels from the Democratic Republic of Congo into the army have faltered, highlighting the challenges of bringing peace to the troubled region.
Uganda Reports Arrest of Rebel Commander

VOA News - January 28, 2009

Kisangani - CongoState-owned radio in Uganda reports that troops have arrested a top commander of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army. The report says Okot Odhiambo was captured in Congo's Garamba Forest as he tried to escape to the Central African Republic.
North Kivu: Joint Congolese-Rwandan Operations Continue

MISNA - January 26, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesRwandan and Congolese troops are continuing in the joint operation against the Democratic Force for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in east Democratic Republic of Congo, United Nations sources confirmed to MISNA, adding that little information is emerging on developments.
DR Congo peace talks suspended after arrest of rebel leader

XINHUA - January 24, 2009

NairobiThe UN-backed talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and eastern rebel group which began in Nairobi last month in a bid to end the bloody conflict has been suspended after the arrest of the rebel leader Gen. Laurent Nkunda.
Warlord Laurent Nkunda Arrested

Congo News Agency - January 23, 2009

Laurent NkundaWarlord Laurent Nkunda, the eastern Congo rebel leader accused of numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity, has been arrested in Rwanda while fleeing a joint Congolese-Rwandan military operation to arrest him.
DR Congo's rebel leader arrested

BBC News - January 23, 2009

Laurent KundaGen Laurent Nkunda, leader of the strongest rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been arrested, the military says. He was detained in Rwanda after resisting a joint Rwandan-Congolese operation to arrest him, officials say.



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