|Eastern Congo Braces for More Fighting|
VOA News - October 15, 2007
|The situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is reported to be tense as a government deadline for rebel fighters to join the army draws near.President Joseph Kabila has given fighters loyal to renegade General Laurent Nkunda until the end of Monday to lay down their weapons. Rebels and foreign observers have said they expect the army to attack soon after the deadline.|
|DRC Rebel Leader Urges Government to Accept Ceasefire|
VOA News - October 15, 2007
In the Democratic republic of Congo, the leader of the rebel National Congress for the People's Defense (NCPD) said his forces would not be able to abide by President Joseph Kabila's ultimatum of laying down their weapons today (Monday). General Laurent Nkunda said the agreed area of Mushaki where the rebels were supposed to assemble to be integrated into the national army has come under heavy government gunfire, making it impossible for them to abide by the government's ultimatum.
|Congolese Rebels Refuse to Disarm as Deadline Nears|
VOA News - October 14, 2007
Rebels in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are refusing to disband and disarm, one day before a deadline set by President Joseph Kabila.
|Kabila in Goma ahead of Government Ultimatum for Rebels to Disarm|
Congo News Agency - October 14, 2007
|Kabila arrived Sunday in the Nord-Kivu province capital of Goma a day ahead of an ultimatum to rebels loyal to renegade general Laurent Nkunda to disarm or face a new offensive by the Congolese armed forces (FARDC). Kabila arrived in Goma at 9:30 local time accompanied by the defense minister, the army chief of staff and the minister of humanitarian affairs.|
|Congolese Rebel Leader Seeks Peace|
VOA News - October 11, 2007
A renegade Congolese general who shattered a U.N.-mediated ceasefire earlier this week has performed a hasty turnaround, demanding a halt to the violence that has killed dozens of his men.
|Renegade Congo General Promises to Keep Fighting|
VOA News - October 10, 2007
|A renegade general in eastern Congo says government forces have launched new attacks on his positions and that he has no choice but to keep fighting until the government listens to him and lets him rejoin the army.|
|DRC Rebel Leader Accuses Government of Breaking Ceasefire Agreement|
VOA News - October 9, 2007
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the leader of the rebel National Congress for the People's Defense, General Laurent Nkunda has dismissed as propaganda government reports that he broke the over a month old ceasefire agreement. Nkunda said his forces were the first to be attacked by government soldiers, before his group returned fire. He said he had instructed his forces to be in active defense, but not to go on the offensive against government troops, unless they are attacked. Nkunda is now accusing the government of trying to plunge the country into war.
|Violence cuts off 150,000 people from aid - WFP|
IRIN - October 8, 2007
|Chronic violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has cut 150,000 vulnerable people off from humanitarian aid, deepening an already severe crisis, according to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).|
|Bush to Meet With Liberian, DRC Presidents|
VOA News - October 5, 2007
|The White House says President Bush will meet with his counterparts from Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Washington later this month.|
|Eastern Congo Still Waiting on Kabila to Deliver on Promise to Bring Peace to the Region|
Congo News Agency - September 29, 2007
|Since Joseph Kabila's inauguration last December as the first democratically elected president since independence, there has been no improvement on the security front in the eastern provinces. Much to the dismay of the residents of North and South Kivu, who voted massively for Joseph Kabila, he has been unable to deliver on his election promise to bring lasting peace to the region. The security situation in eastern Congo has worsened since the elections and people are calling on the government to do more to stop the militias operating in the region.|