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UN envoy to launch dialogue between Government and rebels

UN News - December 5, 2008

Olusegun ObasanjoSet to kick off on Monday, the talks will be facilitated by Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Region and former Nigerian president, and Benjamin Mkapa, representing the African Union (AU) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR), who is also the former president of Tanzania.
More children drafted by armed groups in eastern DR Congo, UNICEF finds

UN News - December 2, 2008

Children in eastern CongoThe UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said at least five youngsters were recently drafted in the town of Kitshanga in North Kivu province, where fighting has recently flared between the Government army, the Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP) led by rebel general Laurent Nkunda, and the Mayi Mayi militia.
Malu-Malu: Laurent Nkunda lacks the means to overthrow the government

Congo News Agency - November 27, 2008

Apolinaire Malu-MaluApolinaire Malu-Malu, the coordinator of the Amani Program, which resulted in the signing of the Goma peace accords between the government and rebel groups in January, has said in an interview with Belgian newspaper Le Soir that warlord Laurent Nkunda "has the power to annoy" but lacks the means to overthrow the Government.
SADC sends fact-finding mission in DR Congo amid post-conflict lull

XINHUA - November 24, 2008

Southern African Development Community - SADCMilitary officials of southern African countries have been in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) on a fact-finding mission since Friday amid a lull after the recent conflict between the government army and Tutsi rebels.
Security Council authorizes boost to UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo

UN News - November 20, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe Security Council today authorized a temporary increase of more than 3,000 blue helmets serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to deal with the violence in the country’s east, which has displaced an estimated 250,000 civilians in recent months.
Rebel Leader's Threat to Take Over DRC Draws Objections from Countrymen

VOA News - November 20, 2008

General Nkunda in masisi - CongoSome Congolese are warning renegade army General Laurent Nkunda that they would make life difficult for him if he goes ahead with his threat to take over the country. They are accusing the rebel leader of fighting an unjustified war, which has led to the loss of lives and property and an escalation in the number of people adversely affected by the rebel insurgency.
Top UN envoy voices hope for additional troops in volatile eastern DR Congo

UN News - November 18, 2008

Congo IDPs and refugees in GomaThe top United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed hope that the Security Council will shortly approve a request for 3,000 additional troops to buttress blue helmets already on the ground in the country’s east, the scene of fierce recent conflict.
Obasanjo says his mediation accepted by rebel leader Laurent Nkunda in DR Congo

XINHUA - November 17, 2008

Olusegun Obasanjo and Laurent Nkunda BatwareAt the end of his mission on Sunday in DR Congo's eastern province of North Kivu, the former Nigerian president said Laurent Nkunda, the Tutsi leader of the rebel National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), accepted his role as the special envoy of the UN secretary general in mediating a deal to end the clash.
DR Congo displaced threatened by criminal abuses and spread of diseases, warns UN

UN News - November 11, 2008

Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that the perpetrators of recent targeted killings of civilians, looting and rape in the war-torn east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will face justice.
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Investigating Laurent Nkunda and CNDP for War Crimes

ICC - November 4, 2008

Bosco NtagandaThe Prosecutor again urges all actors, including regional and international organizations, to support and work together with the DRC authorities, in particular in the execution of the arrest warrant issued by the ICC against Bosco Ntaganda.  He plays an active role in the current conflict in North Kivu as the chief of staff of Laurent Nkunda's Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP), and in this context, is accused of participating in the ongoing commission of crimes.







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