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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.
Reports of Looting in North Kivu as Rebels Suspend Participation in Congo Peace Conference

VOA News - January 10, 2008

Laurent NkundaRebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo say they have suspended their participation in a peace conference in war torn North Kivu province until extra security measures are taken. A spokesman for delegates representing renegade General Laurent Nkunda claims that one of their delegates was threatened with arrest.
Arrival in Kinshasa of Mr. Alan Doss, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the DRC

MONUC - January 10, 2008

Alan DossMr. Alan Doss, the new Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and head of MONUC, the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the DRC, arrived yesterday evening in Kinshasa to take up his new duties.
Aid tops agenda as Kivus conference gets under way

IRIN - January 9, 2008

North Kivu - CongoFour days after the opening ceremony, a major conference aimed at restoring peace and stability in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Kivu provinces finally got off the ground on 9 January at the University of the Great Lakes in Goma, with the region's humanitarian "catastrophe" topping the agenda.
Congo Peace Conference Suffers More Delays

VOA News - January 8, 2008

Vital KamerheA peace conference in the Democratic Republic of Congo is on hold until Wednesday as organizers try to cope with a large number of delegates. The conference is to bring together delegates from the government and from rebel militias that have been battling in eastern DRC since last year.
Government and rebel groups meet to discuss peace

IRIN - January 7, 2008

Goma MapAn eight-day conference aimed at bringing peace to the troubled Kivus region in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has opened in the North Kivu capital of Goma. Representatives from the government, armed groups, civil society and different ethnic groups are attending the talks at the Université Libre des Grands Lacs. However, the failure of Congolese President Joseph Kabila and rebel leader Laurent Nkunda to attend the conference has raised serious doubts about its effectiveness.
UN HCHR: Serious human rights violations committed in aftermath of Kinshasa events of March 2007

UN HCHR - January 5, 2008

Kinshasa violenceThe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released today the preliminary findings of the United Nations Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of Congo (UNHRO) investigation into the Kinshasa events of March 2007 and their aftermath concluded that serious human rights violations were committed during and in the aftermath of the violence between DRC Government Forces (FARDC) and members of the personal security detail of former Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba (DPP) on 22 and 23 March 2007.
Sexual Violence Escalates with Fighting in Eastern Congo

VOA News - January 3, 2008

Congolese fleeing home to escape warfareAs rebels and government forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo face off in battles in an escalating conflict, armed groups are using sexual violence as a weapon of war to terrorize the populations. Doctors at a hospital where the victims are treated say the numbers are growing and little is being done to protect the vulnerable. Kari Barber reports from the North and South Kivu provinces of eastern Congo.
Kivus: Disarmament campaign for armed groups launched by DRC government

MONUC - January 3, 2008

Congo soldiersThe DRC government launched a sensitisation campaign on 1 January 2008, aimed at the disarmament of all remaining armed groups, both national and foreign, in North and South Kivu provinces in eastern DRC. MONUC's DDRRR and DDR divisions are assisting in the campaign, and much will depend on the upcoming Kivus' peace conference which begins in Goma on Sunday 6 January next.



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