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United States Support to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

US Department of State Office of the Spokesman - October 31, 2007

We support the Congolese people in their efforts to promote peace and democratic values in the post-transition period. Our assistance helps to consolidate peace through efforts to revitalize the economy, enhance national security, deliver basic services, and strengthen governance and rule of law. In FY07, we provided over $462 million in assistance to the DRC, including $77 million in development, and security assistance, $85 million in humanitarian assistance (including refugee support) and $300 million to support the peace keeping mission.


Bush To Congratulate Kabila Personally on Congo's Elections

US Department of State - USINFO - October 24, 2007

George Bush and Joseph KabilaPresident Bush's October 26 meeting with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will provide an opportunity to underscore U.S. support for the DRC's "remarkable progress" since Kabila assumed office in 2001, including the country's historic 2006 elections, a State Department official said.
International Court takes second ex-rebel commander into custody over war crimes

IRIN - October 18, 2007

International Criminal CourtA former rebel commander accused of committing atrocities in the Ituri district of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been flown to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague as part of continuing efforts by the tribunal to tackle the culture of impunity in the volatile country.
Germain Katanga transferred into the custody of the ICC

International Criminal Court - October 18, 2007

Germain KatangaOn 17 October 2007, the Congolese authorities surrendered and transferred Mr Germain Katanga, a Congolese national and alleged commander of the Force de resistance patriotique en Ituri [Patriotic Résistance Force in Ituri] ("FRPI"), to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Mr Katanga, also known as "Simba", is alleged to have committed six war crimes and three crimes against humanity in the territory of Ituri, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("the DRC"). His case arises from the situation in the DRC which has been under investigation by the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC since 1 July 2002.
Refugees urge resumption of repatriation to Moba; UNHCR waits

UNHCR - October 8, 2007

The UN refugee agency has told Congolese refugees anxious to return home from Zambia that it will only resume repatriation operations to Moba on Lake Tanganyika when the UN is able to return to the port town in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Thousands of refugees return home - UNHCR

IRIN - October 4, 2007

Refugees return homeAt least 43,000 refugees returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between January and October, with another 310,000 still in neighbouring countries, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Review of Congo mining contracts marred by lack of transparency

Global Witness - October 1, 2007

Gecamines - KatangaThe integrity of a governmental review of mining contracts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is being undermined by a lack of transparency and pressure to rush through the process as fast as possible, Global Witness said in a new briefing published today. Global Witness is calling on the government to publish the contracts, as well as the criteria for their evaluation, and to extend the period available for the review.
Army calls on rebels to integrate

IRIN - September 29, 2007

Laurent NkundaThe Congolese army has launched an appeal for militias loyal to renegade army general Laurent Nkunda, as well as other combatants and armed groups in the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to be integrated into the army or be demobilised.
North Kivu: More than 10,000 displaced after latest clashes

MONUC - September 6, 2007

MONUC Press ConferenceAt its weekly press conference on Wednesday 5 September 2007, MONUC underlined its concern with the security situation in North Kivu province in eastern DRC since 27 August last, where clashes in Masisi and Rutshuru between the FARDC and dissident General Laurent Nkunda's forces have left more than 10,000 people displaced.
Situation in North Katanga remains calm despite rumours

MONUC - August 27, 2007

The situation in North Katanga remains calm after the incidents on 1 August 2007, when locals targeted MONUC and UN property, causing much damage following unfounded rumours of a return of the Banyamulenge to Moba. We spoke to MONUC Kalemie chief Hendrik Bruyn, who explained the current situation in Kalemie sector and MONUC's efforts to bring calm to the local population adversely affected by rumours.









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