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UN Has Security Concerns for Congo's Elections

VOA News - July 26, 2006

UN official in CongoU.N. officials have expressed confidence in the overall success for Sunday's post-war election in the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo, but have also raised several security concerns. Some political militants want the vote postponed, pockets of the Congo remain unstable, while many candidates are refusing to campaign.
Kinshasa accepts militia leader's plea to join army

IRIN - July 17, 2006

Miliamen in IturiThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has responded positively to a request by a militia leader in the northeastern district of Ituri to be integrated into the national army.
UN Peacekeepers Freed, Journalist Killed in Congo

VOA News - July 10, 2006

Bapuwa MuambaCongolese militia fighters released Saturday the five remaining Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers they have been holding since late May, U.N. officials have said. In other developments, gunmen killed a journalist who was a vocal critic of Congos government.
Army suspends demobilisation, disarmament

IRIN - July 7, 2006

Congolese soldiersThe disarmament and demobilisation programme of the Congolese army has been suspended due to lack of funds, according to Franšois Atufuka Mbuze, spokesman for the National Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (CONADER).Atufuka said CONADER had closed 18 orientation centres across the country on 30 June.
Deadline for militias to disarm extended to 15 July

IRIN - July 6, 2006

MilitiaThe deadline for militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern district of Ituri to voluntarily surrender and join a disarmament and demobilisation programme has been extended to 15 July.The deadline has been extended because we are seeing up to 250 combatants coming to disarm every day.
Gunmen Retake Congo Stronghold from UN, Army

VOA News - July 5, 2006

Democratic Republic of CongoCongolese gunmen have launched an offensive and retaken their stronghold in the lawless east. The capture of Tchei, in Ituri district, is a setback for the U.N. and government forces that chased militia away just weeks ago and are struggling to pacify Congo ahead of elections later this month.
Militiamen disarm ahead of deadline

IRIN - June 29, 2006

Militia DisarmAt least 1,100 former militias have arrived at transit sites in Ituri, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in the past three days, ahead of a 30 June ultimatum by the Congolese army for them to disarm, an official said.
Congo Faces Challenges in Holding First Democratic Poll in 40 Years

VOA News - June 29, 2006

William SwingThe Democratic Republic of Congo is beginning campaigning for the first democratic elections in over 40 years. The difficulties the nation faces in staging such an election are evident in the fact that the date has been pushed back several times over the past year. VOA's Catherine Maddux examines how prepared the vast, war-scarred nation is to hold the ballot on July 30.
Military operations in Ituri counter productive - report

IRIN - June 22, 2006

Monuc soldiersMilitary operations conducted in the troubled northeastern district of Ituri by the Congolese army, with the support of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), are counter productive as they have contributed to the worsening of the security situation in the district, according to a report by the Forum on early Warning and Early Response (FEWER-Africa).
Rare Okapi Sighted in Eastern Congo Park

WWF - June 16, 2006

OkapiAfter nearly 50 years, the okapi -- the closest known relative to the giraffe -- has been rediscovered in Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), World Wildlife Fund announced today. This is the first sign of okapi presence in Virunga National Park since August 1959 according to official records.







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