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Real prospect of ending fighting in eastern DR Congo, says top UN envoy

UN News - October 16, 2009

Alan Doss“There is now a real prospect that the conflicts that have long blighted the eastern Congo can be ended,” Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for DRC and head of the UN peacekeeping force there, told the Security Council.
Human Rights: MONUC releases reports on Kiwanja and Kanyabayonga incidents

MONUC - September 9, 2009

MONUC investigate Kiwanja massacreThis first report documents the main human rights abuses that were committed and the legal framework that applies to them, as well as the chain of command that was in operation at the time of the perpetration of the abuses. Therein, the UNJHRO formulates several recommendations to the Congolese authorities, the parties to the conflict, and the international community, notably MONUC to improve its capacity to protect civilian populations.
'New era' for DR Congo and Rwanda

BBC News - August 6, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in GomaThe leaders of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo have pledged to boost economic and security ties, hailing an "all new era" after a rare meeting. The talks took place 13 years after the neighbours broke diplomatic relations.
Global Witness uncovers foreign companies' links to Congo violence

Global Witness - July 21, 2009

Global WitnessEuropean and Asian companies, including Bangkok-based THAISARCO (a subsidiary of British metals group AMC), UK-based Afrimex, and Belgium-based Trademet have been buying minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that are funding armed groups and fuelling conflict, said Global Witness in a report published today.
Eastern DR Congo still faces security, humanitarian challenges - Ban Ki-moon

UN News - July 8, 2009

Ban Ki-moonThe security and humanitarian situation in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to crumble, despite the recent signing of a peace pact between the Government and a key militia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report.
UN blue helmets in DRC free 23 child soldiers

Xinhua - May 5, 2009

Congo child soldiersThe children had been recruited by the mainly Tutsi rebel militia, the National Congress for People's Defense (CNDP), before joining the FARDC during the accelerated integration process.
Congo ex-rebel 'working with UN'

BBC News - April 29, 2009

Bosco NtagandaThe BBC has seen documents alleging that a former rebel leader indicted for war crimes is playing a leading role in a mission involving the UN in DR Congo. The documents appear to prove that Gen Bosco Ntaganda is taking an active part in the mission's chain of command, a BBC correspondent in the country says.
Return of Hutu Militias Sparks 100,000 New Displacements in Eastern Congo

VOA News - April 27, 2009

Congo refugeesA resumption of fighting in lands in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo previously claimed by rebel Hutu militias has added more than 100,000 newly displaced people to Congo's swollen itinerant rolls in the past two months.
UN complains of Congo troop delay

BBC News - April 8, 2009

Goma - MONUCThe UN force chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo has complained there is still no sign of 3,000 peacekeepers approved by the UN five months ago. Alan Doss told the BBC his force was overstretched and unable to respond effectively to outbreaks of violence.
Signs of Progress Reported in Congo Peace Negotiations

VOA News - February 23, 2009

NairobiNegotiators between the Congolese government and a rebel group in the country's east have reached a preliminary agreement, after talks in the eastern town of Goma. Neither side has released details of the discussion, which would only set the stage for future peace negotiations.







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