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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.
Cautious Calm Returns to Democratic Republic of Congo

VOA News - March 25, 2007

DRC looting in KinshasaResidents of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, are relieved but bitter, as calm has returned after two days of brutal fighting between government forces and the guard of opposition leader and former vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba. Dozens are reported dead, and the death toll is expected to rise as more information becomes available.
Arrest Warrant Issued Against Ex-DRC Vice President

VOA News - March 23, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaAuthorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have issued an arrest warrant for former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba on charges of high treason.The warrant was issued Friday as government troops battled with followers loyal to Bemba for the second straight day in the capital, Kinshasha . Large columns of smoke have been spotted in the city's Gombe district, where Bemba's residence is located.
MONUC continues to mediate for a definitive cease fire

MONUC - March 22, 2007

KinshasaThe armed fighting which started in Kinshasa at 11am this Thursday March 22, 2007, between the guards of former vice President Jean Pierre Bemba and the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC), has dissipated, as MONUC continues its mediation efforts in order to obtain a complete cease fire.
Gunbattles Rage in DRC Capital

VOA News - March 22, 2007

Kinshasa - GombeGunbattles between government troops and fighters loyal to former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba are raging in the streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) capital, Kinshasa.
UN voices collective alarm after fighting erupts in capital of DR Congo

UN News Centre - March 22, 2007

Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Security Council and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have condemned today's outbreak of fighting in the centre of the capital, Kinshasa, between Government forces and the guards of former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba.







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