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U.S. Senators Barack Obama and John McCain asked about Congo humanitarian crisis in second presidential debate

Congo Planet - October 7, 2008

Barack Obama and John McCainSenator Obama, let me ask you if -- let's see if we can establish tonight the Obama doctrine and the McCain doctrine for the use of United States combat forces in situations where there's a humanitarian crisis, but it does not affect our national security. Take the Congo, where 4.5 million people have died since 1998, or take Rwanda in the earlier dreadful days, or Somalia. What is the Obama doctrine for use of force that the United States would send when we don't have national security issues at stake?
U.S. opposes statements made by Nkunda, and those who seek instability

U.S. Department of State - October 6, 2008

US State DepartmentThe United States condemns and rejects the statements made by General Nkunda, leader of the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), claiming the CNDP intends to overthrow the elected and universally recognized Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (GDRC). The U.S. calls on the international community to support the GDRC as it works to consolidate its democracy and capacity to govern justly its entire territory. The U.S. opposes all those who seek to foment instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
UN envoy calls for 'surge' of peacekeepers in DR Congo in face of new violence

UN News - October 3, 2008

Alan DossThe top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today asked for additional peacekeepers beyond the nearly 19,000 uniformed personnel already there to prevent the vast country from slipping back into "horrendous" conflict.
Red Cross Appeals for Access to Victims of Congo Conflict

VOA News - September 30, 2008

ICRCInternational Committee of the Red Cross is calling for all warring parties in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to respect the Red Cross emblem. The humanitarian situation has deteriorated in North and South Kivu provinces since fighting between Congolese government troops and rebels resumed at the end of August. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from ICRC headquarters in Geneva.
For an effective and credible MONUC

EurAc - September 28, 2008

Alan DossSince 28 August Laurent Nkunda's CNDP has launched several offensives against positions held by the army, the FARDC, thus violating the "Acte d'engagement à la paix" he signed in January 2008. These attacks have aggravated the humanitarian situation in North Kivu, causing the displacement of a further 100.000 people.
Some Congolese Welcome Prime Minister's Resignation

VOA News - September 26, 2008

Antoine GizengaCritics of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila's government have welcomed with open arms yesterday's (Thursday) resignation of Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga. Prime Minister Gizenga tendered his resignation to President Kabila claiming his age and health make it impossible for him to effectively perform his duties. But his critics say he has failed to revive the country's faltering economy and end violent clashes between the army and rebels.
Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga Resigns

Radio Okapi - September 25, 2008

Antoine GizengaCongolese Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga submitted his resignation to president Joseph Kabila this morning. In a statement issued today on state television, Antoine Gizenga said he is now awaiting a response from the President.
United States condemns renewed fighting, calls for cessation of hostilities

U.S. Department of State - September 23, 2008

US State DepartmentThe United States condemns the renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and calls on all parties to cease hostilities immediately, accept the disengagement plan put forth by the U.N. Mission in the Congo, and recommit themselves to full participation in the Amani process. In addition, the U.S. calls on all parties to the Nairobi Communiqué and the Goma Agreement to move quickly to fulfill those commitments.
UN urges Congolese parties to cease fire amid fresh fighting in North Kivu

UN News - September 20, 2008

Alan Doss - MONUCThe United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called for an immediate ceasefire between the Government and rebels, as new clashes broke out today in North Kivu, leading to further displacement in the troubled region.
In troubled eastern DR Congo, UN helicopters open fire to halt rebel advance

UN News - September 19, 2008

Congo - Rwanda borderUnited Nations peacekeepers backed by combat helicopters opened fire today on rebel forces in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), forcing them to withdraw after they tried to take control of a town 60 kilometres from the region's main city.







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