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UN Report Excerpt: Support to Laurent Nkunda's CNDP by the Government of Rwanda

UN Security Council - December 14, 2008

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesRwandan authorities have been complicit in the recruitment of soldiers, including children, have facilitated the supply of military equipment, and have sent officers and units from the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in support of CNDP.
Netherlands suspends financial aid to Rwanda

XINHUA - December 13, 2008

Bert KoendersThe Netherlands has suspended financial aid to the Rwandan government because of its alleged support for a rebel movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Dutch paper De Volkskrant reported Friday. Dutch Development Minister Bert Koenders informed the Rwandan authorities of his government's decision Thursday, saying Rwanda does not deserve budget support now because there is "strong evidence" that the country is supporting rebels in the DR Congo.
UN Accuses Rwanda's Paul Kagame of Supporting Warlord Laurent Nkunda

Congo News Agency - December 12, 2008

Paul Kagame and Laurent NkundaA United Nations panel of experts has once again accused Rwanda's President Paul Kagame and his government of supporting warlord Laurent Nkunda in his years-long killing spree in eastern Congo. A report presented to the Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council on Friday says that Rwandan authorities "have been complicit in the recruitment of soldiers, including children, have facilitated the supply of military equipment and have sent officers and units" from the Rwandan army to help warlord Laurent Nkunda.
Two Young Girls Shot at Kibati Camp

VOA News - December 12, 2008

Congo refugeesIt's still unknown why the shooting erupted in Kibati, but one person has been arrested. Armed men are frequent intruders at the camp and Nthengwe says it's very difficult to keep them out. He says, "The main problem is that Kibati camp is in the middle of the front line between the FRDC (national army) and the CNDP rebel group… What we have done in many cases is to speak to…MONUC (UN peacekeeping force) to try and send a message to the CNDP and to send a message to FRDC authorities that they should keep their armed people off the civilian site."
Human Rights Watch Details Summary Executions in DRC

VOA News - December 12, 2008

Laurent NkundaU.S.-based Human Rights Watch has described in chilling detail an attack last month in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in which about 150 people were killed not far from a U.N. peacekeeping base. The human rights group says most of those killed in Kiwanja on November 4 and 5 were shot or hacked to death by ethnic Tutsi rebels after the rebels repulsed an attack by pro-government militia.
DR Congo peace talks adjourned until next week

XINHUA - December 12, 2008

Olusegun ObasanjoThe Talks between the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and a main rebel group are making steady progress but have been adjourned until next week, mediators said on Friday. The Nairobi peace talks which began earlier this week will adjourn until Dec. 17, Olusegun Obasanjo, the UN Special Envoy and former Nigerian president said in a statement.
Human Rights Watch: 150 people killed in Kiwanja as UN force stood by

Human Rights Watch - December 11, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoOn November 4-5, 2008, an estimated 150 people were killed in the town of Kiwanja in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, half a mile away from United Nations peacekeeping forces. The event marks one of the worst killing sprees in North Kivu in the past two years. Most of those killed were summarily executed by forces of rebel commander Laurent Nkunda's National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP).
Seven human rights fighters receive top UN awards

UN News - December 10, 2008

Denis MukwegeThe United Nations General Assembly today awarded its top human rights prize to seven global advocates ranging from a Congolese doctor who treats female victims of sexual violence, a nun who fought for indigenous rights before her murder in Brazil, and the assassinated Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto.
North Kivu: Security situation remains fragile

MONUC - December 10, 2008

MONUCThe security situation has improved in Masisi territory, but remains fragile in Kiwanja-Ishasa, despite the retreat of the “Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple” (CNDP) troops from Kiwanja-Ishasa, according to the MONUC military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Jean Paul Dietrich, at the weekly MONUC press conference of 10 December 2008.
DR Congo peace talks start in Kenya

XINHUA - December 9, 2008

Nairobi - KenyaTalks aimed at restoring peace in the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) kicked off in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday with mediators calling on both sides to lay down their arms for the sake of stability in the Great Lakes Region. Kenyan Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula urged the warring parties to put aside their differences and pursue the path of peace.







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