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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.
New UN envoy meets with DR Congo President, officials

UN News - January 15, 2008

Alan Doss and Joseph KabilaAlan Doss, the new United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has met with the country's President and other officials on issues of peace, security and development in the strife-torn nation.
DRC National Assembly adopts decentralisation law

MONUC - January 14, 2008

Parlement - CongoOn 11 January 2007, the DRC National Assembly adopted the decentralization law, which defines the functioning of the new DRC territorial entities, or provinces. Of the 348 deputies present, the law was adopted by a very large majority of 341.
Statement by Secretary Condoleezza Rice on Kivus Conference on Peace, Security and Development

US State Department - January 12, 2008

Condoleeza RiceThe United States welcomes and supports the Kivus Conference on Peace, Security and Development. We see the Kivus Conference as the continuation of an inclusive process, first set forth at Lusaka and recently extended through the Nairobi and Ngurdoto communiqués, to resolve the underlying causes of conflict in eastern Congo and complete and urgently implement a framework for lasting peace.
William Swing leaves Congo with a note of hope

MONUC - January 11, 2008

William SwingMr. William Lacy Swing, former Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in the DRC, left the country this week after five years as MONUC head between July 2003 and January 2008. In a Radio Okapi interview on 8 January 2008, Mr. Swing gave an assessment of his five years at MONUC, and the challenges he faced.
Eastern Congo Rebels Rejoin Peace Conference

VOA News - January 10, 2008

Goma Peace Conference in the KivusRebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say they will rejoin a peace conference, following a security dispute that briefly halted negotiations. Renegade General Laurent Nkunda said Thursday the organizers of the conference agreed to provide security guarantees for the rebels, allowing them to return to the negotiating table.







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