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Government Spokesman Blasts Human Rights Watch, NGOs, on Eastern Congo Reports

Congo News Agency - November 1, 2009

Lambert MendeDuring a press conference on Thursday in Kinshasa, Government spokesman Lambert Mende blasted what he called an “avalanche of corrosive reports being poured lately” by NGOs about the situation in eastern Congo. “Those who are always telling others what to do, as if they know the Democratic Republic of Congo better than the Congolese themselves”, are suffering from “the illusion of immediate knowledge” that usually affects “amateur ethnologists”, he said.

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.
Surrenders and repatriations of FDLR combatants increase as MONUC steps up DDRRR efforts

MONUC - September 28, 2009

MONUC - CongoConcerted efforts by MONUC's DDRRR personnel and peacekeepers have contributed to a significant rise in surrenders and voluntary repatriation of FDLR combatants and dependents. UNHCR has also registered a steady rise in Rwandan refugees seeking to return home.
UN mission in DR Congo denies Ntanganda's role in military operation

Xinhua - September 10, 2009

Bosco NtagandaThe United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) has denied any role of a general being sought by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the anti-insurgency operation.
350 Rwandan Hutu militiamen killed during Operation Kimia II in South Kivu province

Radio Okapi - August 29, 2009

FARDC soldier in KivuThe Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) have either killed or captured 500 Rwandan Hutu militiamen (FDLR) in South Kivu province since launching Operation Kimia II last month.
Ban Ki-moon welcomes summit between leaders of DR Congo and Rwanda

UN News - August 7, 2009

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in GomaSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed yesterday’s summit between the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, the first official bilateral meeting since the neighbouring African nations broke off official ties more than one decade ago.
'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.
Congo Militias Target of Virunga Park Ranger Crackdown

VOA News - August 3, 2009

Virunga Park RangerThe charcoal trafficking…is an extremely lucrative business. It has an annual turnover of over $30 million. And much of those revenues are going to the armed groups. And these armed groups are responsible for the instability in the eastern Congo, which has been an extremely serious problem for over 15 years.
DR Congo troops take Rwandan rebels' command headquarter in South Kivu province

Xinhua - July 29, 2009

Congo soldiersDR Congo government troops have captured the command headquarter of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), an anti-government group, in Kashindaba, a military commander declared on Wednesday.
At least 35,000 Congolese civilians displaced by fighting in South Kivu province

UNHCR - July 24, 2009

Congo refugees in TanzaniaAn outbreak of fighting in the eastern Congolese province of South Kivu has forced more than 35,000 civilians to flee their homes in the past two weeks. The latest population movement brings the total number of civilians to have been displaced in South Kivu since January as a result of clashes between government forces and Rwandan rebels, and reprisal attacks on civilians, to about 536,000 people.







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