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Eastern Congo peace deal signed

BBC News - January 23, 2008

Goma peace deal is signedA peace pact has been signed in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo by the government and armed groups. Dissident rebel Gen Laurent Nkunda and pro-government Mai Mai militia finally agreed to sign after long negotiations.
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.
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.
Sexual Violence Escalates with Fighting in Eastern Congo

VOA News - January 3, 2008

Congolese fleeing home to escape warfareAs rebels and government forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo face off in battles in an escalating conflict, armed groups are using sexual violence as a weapon of war to terrorize the populations. Doctors at a hospital where the victims are treated say the numbers are growing and little is being done to protect the vulnerable. Kari Barber reports from the North and South Kivu provinces of eastern Congo.
Kivus: Disarmament campaign for armed groups launched by DRC government

MONUC - January 3, 2008

Congo soldiersThe DRC government launched a sensitisation campaign on 1 January 2008, aimed at the disarmament of all remaining armed groups, both national and foreign, in North and South Kivu provinces in eastern DRC. MONUC's DDRRR and DDR divisions are assisting in the campaign, and much will depend on the upcoming Kivus' peace conference which begins in Goma on Sunday 6 January next.
Security Council extends MONUC's mandate until 31 December 2008

MONUC - December 24, 2007

MONUC - Bas-CongoThe Security Council today extended the mandate and capacity of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) for one year, until 31 December 2008.
The United States Wants Nkunda To Surrender And Go Into Exile

Congo Planet - November 30, 2007

Jendayi FrazerThe United States government has asked renegade general Laurent Nkunda to go into exile and allow his troops to join the integration process into the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC).







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