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Mixed Reaction Greets Rwandan Troops in DRC to Fight Rebels

VOA News - January 21, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesThere is mixed reaction after residents in the restive town of Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province heard announcement that Rwandan forces are in the country to fight rebels. This comes after Kinshasa invited Kigali troops to chase down the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels after a recent agreement last year between Congo President Joseph Kabila and Rwanda President Paul Kagame.
Barack Hussein Obama Becomes 44th US President

VOA News - January 21, 2009

Barack and Michelle ObamaBarack Obama has become the 44th President of the United States, taking the oath of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol before a crowd of more than one million people who had gathered in frigid temperatures to see the first African American become president.
UN-backed talks in DR Congo making slow progress, envoy tells Security Council

VOA News - January 15, 2009

Olusegun ObasanjoTensions between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda are beginning to thaw as on-going peace talks, aimed at ending fighting in the east of the DRC between the Government and the main rebel militia in the region, are making slow progress, the United Nations envoy facilitating negotiations told the Security Council today.
LRA Continues Attacks in Eastern Congo

VOA News - January 13, 2009

Joseph KonyThe U.N. refugee agency says it is increasingly concerned about the humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as attacks by the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, continue. The UNHCR says the number of deaths, abductions and homeless people is growing.
African Leaders to Meet in Ethiopia to Discuss Congo

XINHUA - January 12, 2009

CEEAC meeting in KinshasaThe Kenyan government has expressed confidence that talks aimed at ending conflict in the war-ravaged eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) underway in Nairobi will be successful. Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula told journalists in Nairobi on Monday that he is hopeful a deal will soon be reached on the cessation of hostilities between the government and the major Tutsi rebel militia, the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP).
Diplomatic Activity Builds to Halt Eastern Congo Clashes

VOA News - January 8, 2009

Olusegun ObasanjoDiplomatic activity aimed at ending the violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is intensifying. The United Nations mediator for eastern Congo, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, arrived Thursday in Kinshasa for talks with Congolese officials, while talks between the Congolese government and eastern rebels continued in Kenya.
Government-rebel talks enter substantive phase

UN News - January 8, 2009

NairobiThe UN envoy is currently holding consultations, including on the possibility of holding a gathering this month of the leaders of Great Lakes nations to update them on progress made so far and obstacles that remain in achieving peace between the Government and the CNDP.
UN reaches villages in north-eastern DR Congo attacked by Ugandan rebels

UN News - January 6, 2009

Children in CongoThe United Nations refugee agency has reached towns in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the scene of bloody attacks carried out by the notorious Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
UN calls on rebels to resume talks with Government

UN News - January 2, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today called on the main rebel group in the east of the vast country to resume talks with the Government next week in a bid to end fighting that has forced over 250,000 from their homes since August.
Congolese Welcome President Kabila's Promise to Weed Out Armed Groups

VOA News - January 2, 2009

Joseph KabilaCongolese have welcomed President Joseph Kabila's promise to weed out armed groups in the country before the end of this year. In a televised address to the nation's to mark the beginning of the New Year, President Kabila vowed to bring peace to the country before the end of 2009.



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