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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.
UNHCR Appeals for More UN, Congolese Troops to Protect Civilians

VOA News - January 1, 2009

Kisangani - CongoThe UN refugee agency is appealing to the Congolese government to send more troops to protect civilians in Orientale Province in the northeastern corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army massacred hundreds of civilians in the area over the Christmas period.
Will Obama Administration Make Africa a Priority?

VOA News - December 31, 2008

Barack ObamaJust under three weeks from now, Barack Obama takes office as the 44th president of the United States. When he does, he'll face enormous problems and challenges. But will those challenges deflect much attention from sub-Saharan Africa?
Ban Ki-moon denounces 'appalling atrocities' by Ugandan rebels in DR Congo

UN News - December 30, 2008

MONUC - CongoUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “appalling atrocities” reportedly committed by the Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and southern Sudan, and demanded that they respect all rules of international humanitarian law.
Ugandan rebels said to massacre civilians in eastern DR Congo

UN News - December 26, 2008

Joseph KonyAccording to the reports, the rebels, fleeing a joint military operation by the DRC, Uganda and Southern Sudan to flush them out of a remote national park in north-eastern DRC, committed grave violations of human rights against civilians in Faradje, 120 kilometres east of Dungu, killing the villagers, plundering and destroying houses.
UN investigating alleged sexual misconduct of peacekeepers in DR of Congo

UN News - December 24, 2008

MONUC - Bas-CongoThe United Nations is investigation allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by its peacekeepers stationed in the war-ravaged North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).



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