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Sixteen Ituri warlords give up the fight

IRIN - November 6, 2007

Congo child soldiersA senior DRC official has declared the war-ravaged northeastern region of Ituri free of armed groups after 16 senior commanders flew to Kinshasa to join the regular army.
Transfer of ex-combatants major step for peace in northeast DR Congo

UN News - November 5, 2007

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has transferred 16 former commanders of Ituri armed groups to Kinshasa, calling it a major step in consolidating peace in the northeastern part of the


Departure of leaders of Ituri armed groups to Kinshasa

MONUC - November 3, 2007

FARDC and Milicians in train in KinshasaEighteen months of intense negotiations with the de facto leaders of the three remaining Ituri Armed Groups (IAGs) reached a climax level on 2 November 2007 when a MONUC special flight carrying 16 disarmed top leadership of IAGs departed Bunia at exactly 13:00 hours for Kinshasa.
Demobilise child soldiers, free minors held by military courts, says MONUC

IRIN - November 2, 2007

Child soldiers in Congo"We believe there are almost 200 minors still present in various FARDC [regular army] brigades currently deployed in North Kivu," MONUC spokesman Kemal Saiki told reporters on 31 October.
Bush Meets DRC President Kabila at White House

VOA News - October 26, 2007

Joseph Kabila and George Bush in the Oval Office on 10.26.2007U.S. President George Bush and Congolese President Joseph Kabila met at the White House Friday to talk about economic development and efforts to re-establish security in eastern Congo.
Bush To Congratulate Kabila Personally on Congo's Elections

US Department of State - USINFO - October 24, 2007

George Bush and Joseph KabilaPresident Bush's October 26 meeting with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will provide an opportunity to underscore U.S. support for the DRC's "remarkable progress" since Kabila assumed office in 2001, including the country's historic 2006 elections, a State Department official said.
International Court takes second ex-rebel commander into custody over war crimes

IRIN - October 18, 2007

International Criminal CourtA former rebel commander accused of committing atrocities in the Ituri district of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been flown to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague as part of continuing efforts by the tribunal to tackle the culture of impunity in the volatile country.
Germain Katanga transferred into the custody of the ICC

International Criminal Court - October 18, 2007

Germain KatangaOn 17 October 2007, the Congolese authorities surrendered and transferred Mr Germain Katanga, a Congolese national and alleged commander of the Force de resistance patriotique en Ituri [Patriotic Résistance Force in Ituri] ("FRPI"), to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr Katanga, also known as "Simba", is alleged to have committed six war crimes and three crimes against humanity in the territory of Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("the DRC"). His case arises from the situation in the DRC which has been under investigation by the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC since 1 July 2002.
Should Lubanga Face Trial in DRC?

IWPR - October 16, 2007

Thomas LubangaHis trial hasn't yet begun, but it is already possible that the International Criminal Court's sole detainee will return to the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, for at least part of the proceedings.
Ituri: DDR phase III process officially ends

MONUC - October 16, 2007

Ituri - CongoThe Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) phase III pilot project which began in Ituri district on 4 August 2007, officially ended on Monday 15 October 2007 in Bunia. The DRC Minister for Social Affairs who chaired the ceremony gave an additional 72 hours deadline extension for combatants still in the bush to disarm, and launched the community reconstruction project for Ituri.







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