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Force not the solution in violence-ridden eastern DR Congo, top UN envoy says

UN News - October 28, 2008

IDPs in North-Kivu, CongoMONUC is intervening to thwart the CNDP’s attempt to attack the province’s capital Goma and other population centres, according to Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative.
Battles rage near key Congo town

BBC News - October 28, 2008

North Kivu residents fleeing war ravaged regionAn estimated 20,000 people have already fled towards Goma, many of them having left a refugee camp in Kibumba as the fighting approached on Monday. About 200,000 people fled their homes after fighting resumed in the area in late August.
Protesters attack UN Congo office

BBC News - October 27, 2008

MONUC - Bas-CongoHundreds of protesters are reportedly attacking the UN's headquarters in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The protesters are angry that a 17,000-strong UN force has not better protected them against an offensive by rebel forces.
Security Council alarmed at resurgent violence in eastern DR Congo

UN News - October 21, 2008

Zhang YesuiThe Council strongly condemns the continuing recruitment and use of children by armed groups as well as the continued prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence… It urges all parties to comply with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law, human rights law and refugee law.
Legal limbo for DR Congo warlord

BBC News - October 21, 2008

Thomas LubangaWar crimes tribunal judges have ruled that Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga should not be freed but say his trial remains suspended. Correspondents say the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruling leaves Mr Lubanga in legal limbo.
Fresh Clashes in DRC Displace Scores in North Kivu Province

VOA News - October 15, 2008

DRC refugee campThe United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) says fresh clashes Tuesday night between government forces and rebels have contributed to more than 150-thousand people internally displaced. The report says Congolese army tanks pounded rebel-held hilltops and repelled an attack on a military base in the east on Tuesday in the latest round of fighting against rebels loyal to renegade army general Laurent Nkunda.
Joseph Kabila appoints Adolphe Muzito as new Prime Minister

Congo Planet - October 10, 2008

Adolphe MuzitoPresident Joseph Kabila named Adolphe Muzito as the new Prime Minister on Friday in a decree read on state television. He had been the Minister of the Budget in the government led by Antoine Gizenga until the former Prime Minister resigned last month.
Government calls for urgent UN security council meeting

MISNA - October 9, 2008

Un Security CouncilThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo called for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to address the delicate security situation in the east of the country, theatre in the past weeks to fighting, and accusing Rwanda of an imminent attack on Goma, provincial capital of North Kivu.
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).



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