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UN extends peacekeeping mission in the DRC

Congo News Agency - December 23, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe resolution asks the Secretary-General to conduct a strategic review of the situation in the DRC and MONUC’s progress toward achieving its mandate and to determine, in close cooperation with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and MONUC, the modalities of a reconfiguration of MONUC’s mandate.
DR Congo military says more FDLR rebels killed in North Kivu province

Xinhua - December 18, 2009

Congo soldiers - FARDCThe armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) killed more Rwandan rebels including a captain in its anti-insurgency operation in the eastern province of North Kivu, the military said on Thursday. Combats against these Rwandan Hutu rebels were reported in the areas of Nyanzale, Bukumbirwa and Kanyabayonga within the Rutshuru territory. One FARDC soldier was killed.
UN forces, army adopt new directives with civilian protection at core

UN News - December 16, 2009

Congo FARDC soldiersUnited Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the national army adopted new directives today for operations against rebels with the protection of civilians as the core focus following reports of massacres and other serious human rights violations by Congolese soldiers.
Human Rights Watch Calls on FDLR Rebels in Eastern Congo to Investigate Themselves

Congo News Agency - December 15, 2009

Human Rights Watch (HRW)In its latest report on the situation in eastern Congo published on Monday, Human Rights Watch calls on the notoriously infamous rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) to investigate themselves. This is the most naïve recommendation, and there are many, included in this report.
FDLR rebels resort to abductions in North Kivu

Xinhua - December 15, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesMembers of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) have kidnapped at least four people since last week in the Nyamilima area, about 100 km from Goma, the capital of North-Kivu province. Local media said the battered Rwandan rebels were resorting to abductions for ransoms of between 300 U. S. dollars and 1,000 dollars from the families of the victims.
Congo army reports 1,200 FDLR rebels killed since February

Xinhua - December 10, 2009

FARDC soldier in KivuThe army of the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed more than 1,200 rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces since February, the military announced on Wednesday.
Thirtieth report of the Secretary-General to the Security Council on MONUC

Ban Ki-moon - December 9, 2009

Ban Ki-moonMONUC and the Secretariat will, during the first quarter of 2010, engage with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in detailed discussions on the future direction and configuration of the Mission with a view to agreeing on the critical tasks that need to be accomplished with the support of MONUC and within the expected time frames before the Mission can begin its drawdown, without triggering a relapse into instability.
Efforts to thwart rebels in eastern DR Congo a mixed bag, says Ban Ki-moon

UN News - December 8, 2009

Ban Ki-moonProgress in bringing stability to the war-wracked east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is mixed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, noting the heavy humanitarian toll wrought by a military operation to flush out a notorious ethnic Hutu militia.
Final report of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC released

UN Security Council - December 7, 2009

Un Security CouncilThe Group investigated FDLR’s ongoing exploitation of natural resources in the Kivus, notably gold and cassiterite reserves, which the Group calculates continues to deliver millions of dollars in direct financing into the FDLR coffers. The Group also documents that a number of mineral exporting companies, some of which were named in a previous report of the Group in 2008 (S/2008/773), continue to trade with FDLR.
Global minerals, arms smuggling networks fuel DR Congo conflict - UN report

UN News - December 7, 2009

ColtanFDLR has a far-reaching international diaspora network involved in the day-to-day running of the movement, the coordination of military and arms trafficking activities and the management of financial activities. End buyers for cassiterite include the Malaysia Smelting Corporation and the Thailand Smelting and Refining Company, which is held by United Kingdom-based Amalgamated Metals Corporation.







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