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Ban Ki-moon appoints Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Envoy to the DRC

UN News - November 4, 2008

Olusegun Obasanjo“The conflict along the Rwandan and Congolese border has gone on too long, with catastrophic consequences,” Mr. Ban said. “We need peace – an end to fighting so that the region’s people can enjoy a measure of stability and prosperity.”
U.S. May Designate Laurent Nkunda's CNDP a Terrorist Organisation

Congo News Agency - November 2, 2008

Laurent NkundaThere are talks in Washington about adding warlord Laurent Nkunda's National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP) to the United States list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). Washington has become increasingly frustrated with the warlord's actions in eastern Congo, which have caused the deaths and displacement of numerous innocent civilians.
50,000 unaccounted for as Laurent Nkunda's Rebels Burn Refugee Camps

Congo News Agency - November 1, 2008

DRC refugee campUNHCR humanitarian partners have reported to the agency that several camps for internally displaced people near the North Kivu town of Rutshuru have been forcibly emptied, looted and burned by Laurent Nkunda’s rebels. The UNHCR Chief Spokesman Ron Redmond told journalists in Geneva that the agency was “extremely concerned about the fate of some 50,000 displaced people living in these camps, which include the UNHCR-administered sites of Dumez, Nyongera and Kasasa as well as several makeshift settlements”.
US Assistant Secretary to Meet DRC President Kabila Over Rebel Insurgency

VOA News - October 30, 2008

Jendayi FrazerThe US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs is expected to meet President Joseph Kabila and other Congolese officials Thursday to address ongoing clashes between the government and the rebels in the restive North Kivu Province.
War Crimes in the Congo by Laurent Nkunda and Paul Kagame

Congo News Agency - October 30, 2008

Paul Kagame and Laurent NkundaLaurent Nkunda is a war criminal. The Congolese government issued an international arrest warrant against him for war crimes in 2005. Human Rights Watch has been calling for his arrest for war crimes since February of 2006. He is on a UN Sanctions List for breaches of the UN arms embargo in the DRC. On October 31, 2006 U.S. President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13413 freezing his assets for contributing to the conflict in the Congo.
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.
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.
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.
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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