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Great Lakes hit by deadly quakes

BBC News - February 3, 2008

Great Lakes quakeAt least 30 people have been killed and more than 300 hurt in a series of quakes in Africa's Great Lakes region. The two most powerful occurred hours apart in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring Rwanda, with magnitudes of 6.0 and 5.0 respectively.
UNHCR: Congolese refugees repatriated from Tanzania passes 50,000 mark

MONUC - February 2, 2008

Congolese refugeesThe number of repatriated Congolese refugees from Tanzania with the assistance of the UNHCR has now exceeded 50,000. This was reached on Tuesday 29 January last when the chartered ship, MV Mwongozo, left the Tanzanian port of Kigoma on Lake Tanganyika with 184 refugees on board.
Bilateral meeting held between DRC and Ugandan Defence Ministers

MONUC - January 31, 2008

Congolese and Ugandan officialsAs a follow up of the Ngurdoto-Tanzania Agreement signed on 8 September 2007, between H.E President Yoweri Museveni of the Republic of Uganda and H.E President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the decisions of the Fifth Session of the Uganda-DRC Joint Permanent Commission (JPC), the Ministerial meeting on Defence and security of the two countries, was held on 28-30 January 2008 in Beni, DRC.
UN SC authorizes MONUC to organize, conduct local elections

United Nations Security Council - January 31, 2008

Un Security CouncilThe Security Council, reaffirming its commitment to contribute to the consolidation of peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's post-transition period, today authorized the United Nations Mission there to assist the Congolese authorities in organizing, preparing and conducting local elections.
Fears for Congo boat passengers

BBC - January 30, 2008

Congo MapMore than 55 passengers are feared dead after a boat sank on Lake Tanganyika, off the Democratic Republic of Congo. The vessel was travelling from the town of Kalemie, in the south-east, to Moba at the time.
Child recruitment continues in over one dozen countries, reports Ban Ki-moon

UN News - January 29, 2008

Ban Ki-MoonThe practice continues in Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR), Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Uganda, Mr. Ban notes in his latest report on children and armed conflict, covering the period from October 2006 to August 2007.
Visit of UK representatives to Mbandaka

MONUC - January 29, 2008

UK representatives in MbandakaMr. Barry Gardiner, the special envoy of the British Prime Minister, visited Mbandaka from 23-24 January 2008, accompanied by the Congolese minister for the Environment Jose Endondo and the UK Ambassador in the DRC Nick Kay.
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.







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