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Congo's Bemba Leaves For Portugal While Supporters Feel Persecuted

VOA News - April 11, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaThe former rebel and current opposition leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has left for Portugal after seeking refuge for several weeks at the South African embassy in Kinshasa, while his supporters say they still feel persecuted. This follows deadly violence in March between Bemba's guard and Congo's post-war security forces.
After violence in Kinshasa, senator Bemba takes off for Portugal

MISNA - April 11, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaToday at 2:00a.m. local time, Senator Jean-Pierre Bemba, who has been at the South African Embassy since the tragic events of March 22-24, departed from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for Portugal to receive medical treatment.
UN mission says opposition forces in DR Congo have disarmed, awaiting handover

UN News Service - April 5, 2007

Monuc soldier in Kinshasa CongoAfter clashing violently with Government troops in the capital Kinshasa last month, opposition forces and their dependents in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) currently under United Nations protection have disarmed, the world body's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) said today.
Security Council underlines need for national reconciliation in DR Congo

UN News Service - April 3, 2007

Emyr Jones ParryCalling for a shared commitment from the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) authorities and political parties to national reconciliation, the Security Council today deplored the recent wave of deadly violence in the African country's capital and urged all sides to resolve their difference through dialogue.
DRC Opposition Leader Awaits Approval for Medical Evacuation

VOA News - April 1, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaPortuguese authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo confirm an agreement has been reached to allow Congolese opposition leader Jean Pierre Bemba, wanted on charges of treason, to travel to Portugal for medical treatment.
Former VP Bemba Expected to Leave DRC

VOA News - March 29, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaDemocratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Jean Pierre Bemba has talked about leaving the country, and recent reports say he could soon be flown to Portugal for health care. Bemba is in the South African Embassy in the capital Kinshasa, where he sought refuge when fighting broke out between his militia and Congolese army forces last week.
Replace war spirit with reconciliation, urges EU

IRIN - March 28, 2007

Elections protestThe recent violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was irresponsible and should be replaced with a spirit of reconciliation and inclusiveness to ensure stability in the fragile country, said European Union envoys.
Government, opposition in DR Congo must shoulder their democratic duty - UN

UN News - March 27, 2007

Ban Ki-moonUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on both the Government and opposition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to shoulder their responsibilities to democracy to ensure a full transition to peace after last year's historic elections intended to set the seal on decades of civil war and factional fighting.
Human Rights Groups Say DRC Needs Dialogue, Not Violence

VOA News - March 27, 2007

No gunsIn the Democratic Republic of Congo, human-rights organizations say they are not reassured by President Joseph Kabila's statement that the military action that left dozens dead last week was necessary to maintain peace. They say the way to national reconciliation is open dialogue and space for a strong opposition.
Congo's President Vows to Deal with Deadly Clashes

VOA News - March 26, 2007

Joseph KabilaDemocratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila says he will track down all people responsible for the two-day clashes in the capital, Kinshasa, that killed 120 people.







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