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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.
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.
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.
UNHCR chief Guterres calls for end to North Kivu fighting

UNHCR - December 17, 2007

António GuterresUN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres has called for an end to the fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and pledged to help improve conditions in camps there for tens of thousands of displaced people. Guterres, wrapping up a three-day visit to DRC's strife-torn North Kivu province on Sunday, said the real solution to the massive displacement lay in lasting peace.
DR Congo rebels retake key town

BBC News - December 11, 2007

Congo - Uganda borderIt has been confirmed that rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo have recaptured the eastern town of Mushake, which they ceded to the army last week.







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