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DR Congo peace talks suspended after arrest of rebel leader

XINHUA - January 24, 2009

NairobiThe UN-backed talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and eastern rebel group which began in Nairobi last month in a bid to end the bloody conflict has been suspended after the arrest of the rebel leader Gen. Laurent Nkunda.
DR Congo's rebel leader arrested

BBC News - January 23, 2009

Laurent KundaGen Laurent Nkunda, leader of the strongest rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been arrested, the military says. He was detained in Rwanda after resisting a joint Rwandan-Congolese operation to arrest him, officials say.
Mixed Reaction Greets Rwandan Troops in DRC to Fight Rebels

VOA News - January 21, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesThere is mixed reaction after residents in the restive town of Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province heard announcement that Rwandan forces are in the country to fight rebels. This comes after Kinshasa invited Kigali troops to chase down the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels after a recent agreement last year between Congo President Joseph Kabila and Rwanda President Paul Kagame.
UN-backed talks in DR Congo making slow progress, envoy tells Security Council

VOA News - January 15, 2009

Olusegun ObasanjoTensions between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda are beginning to thaw as on-going peace talks, aimed at ending fighting in the east of the DRC between the Government and the main rebel militia in the region, are making slow progress, the United Nations envoy facilitating negotiations told the Security Council today.
UN calls on rebels to resume talks with Government

UN News - January 2, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today called on the main rebel group in the east of the vast country to resume talks with the Government next week in a bid to end fighting that has forced over 250,000 from their homes since August.
Opinion: Solving the Kivu Equation

IWPR - December 24, 2008

Congo-Kinshasa - Goma - SakeThe presence of FDLR soldiers - Rwandan Hutus who fled into Congo after the genocide and now control part of the illegal mineral trade in the east - is a pretext for Rwanda to attack the Kivus. The FDLR are also used by Laurent Nkunda as a justification for his "protection" of the Tutsi minority. As if defending a minority is an acceptable excuse for massacring other Congolese ethnic groups.
Security Council tells UN Mission in DR Congo to step up protection of civilians

UN News - December 22, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe Security Council today told United Nations peacekeepers in strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prioritize the protection of civilians, including humanitarian personnel, as the number of attacks on aid workers, some of them deadly, passed 100 since the start of 2008.
Displaced people must not be forced back to their villages, UN tells DR Congo rebels

UN News - December 19, 2008

Congo refugees - IDPsThe United Nations refugee agency has called on mainly Tutsi rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure the rights of 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) amid reports that they are being pressured to go back to their villages.
Laurent Nkunda rebels resume attacks on civilians in eastern DR Congo - UN

UN News - December 17, 2008

Alan DossElements from a mainly Tutsi rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are continuing to commit abuses, beating and detaining civilians and pillaging businesses and private homes, the United Nations reported today, calling for an end to the violence.
UN Report Excerpt: Support to Laurent Nkunda's CNDP by the Government of Rwanda

UN Security Council - December 14, 2008

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesRwandan authorities have been complicit in the recruitment of soldiers, including children, have facilitated the supply of military equipment, and have sent officers and units from the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in support of CNDP.







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