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Ban Ki-moon hails agreement to end violence in eastern DR Congo

UN News - January 25, 2008

Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the agreement reached today between the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and armed groups in the country's war-torn east as an "important step," pledging the United Nations' continuing support to end the suffering of the population there.
MONUC welcomes the success of the Goma conference and the signing of its acts of engagement

MONUC - January 24, 2008

Alan DossMONUC, the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), welcomes the success of the Kivus conference on peace, security and development. One of the first concrete results is the signature of the "acts of engagement" of Goma which mark the beginning of a process intended to durably restore peace and security in the provinces of North and South Kivu in eastern DRC.
White House welcomes signing of eastern Congo peace agreement

Office of the Press Secretary - January 23, 2008

Goma peace agreement signing ceremonyThe United States welcomes the signing of a peace agreement with the goal of helping bring lasting stability to eastern Congo and addressing the underlying causes of the conflict. The agreement calls for an immediate cease-fire, demobilization or reintegration of all armed groups, and the return of all Congolese refugees and internally displaced persons.
Eastern Congo peace deal signed

BBC News - January 23, 2008

Goma peace deal is signedA peace pact has been signed in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo by the government and armed groups. Dissident rebel Gen Laurent Nkunda and pro-government Mai Mai militia finally agreed to sign after long negotiations.
IRC Study Shows Congo's Neglected Crisis Leaves 5.4 Million Dead

IRC - January 22, 2008

Congolese refugees“The conflict and its aftermath, in terms of fatalities, surpass any other since World War II,” says the aid group’s president, George Rupp. “Congo’s loss is equivalent to the entire population of Denmark or the state of Colorado perishing within a decade. Although Congo’s war formally ended five years ago, ongoing strife and poverty continue to take a staggering toll. We hope this week’s peace agreement in North Kivu will mean an end to the hostilities and a restart of reconciliation and recovery efforts.”
East DR Congo peace deal 'close'

BBC - January 21, 2008

Congo - Rwanda borderTalks on the future of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are coming to an end, with a peace agreement expected to be signed on Tuesday. Mediators at the talks say there is a general agreement between the government and the key rebel leader.
Nkunda's rebel group spells out demands

IRIN - January 16, 2008

Goma Idp campThe insurgency led by dissident general Laurent Nkunda in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has spelt out its demands at a peace conference to end the conflict in the troubled North and South Kivu provinces in the east, where, according to the UN, insecurity and human rights abuses have displaced at least half a million people in the past 12 months.
Government says 30 percent of FDLR are Congolese, calls on them to disarm

IRIN - January 15, 2008

Nkunda soldiersA senior government official in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has claimed that about 30 percent of members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), which has been active in eastern DRC for more than a decade, were actually Congolese citizens, and called on them to hand over their weapons before a forcible disarmament operation in mid-March.
DRC President Kabila Arrives at Goma Peace Conference

VOA News - January 15, 2008

Joseph KabilaDemocratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has arrived in the eastern town of Goma to attend a peace conference on the conflict in the Kivu provinces.
Organizers Say DRC Goma Peace Conference on Course

VOA News - January 15, 2008

Vital KamerheThe conference is being attended by members of both the National Assembly of Congo and the provincial assembly of North and South Kivu, and other leaders and civil society.







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