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DR Congo armed forces enter troubled Dongo area

Xinhua - December 15, 2009

Congolese soldiers - FARDCThe 321st special intervention battalion of the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) coming from Kindu, Maniema province entered the troubled Dongo area in Equateur province, the military and UN sources confirmed late Monday.
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.
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.
UN Security Council renews arms embargo and sanctions in DR Congo

UN News - November 30, 2009

Un Security CouncilCouncil members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution continuing the regime of sanctions, which consists of an arms embargo against all armed groups that are not part of either the Government’s integrated army (known as the FARDC) or police units, through 30 November next year.
Ban Ki-moon deplores attack on UN helicopter in DR Congo

UN News - November 27, 2009

Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the shooting attack on a United Nations helicopter on Thursday in Dongo in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that left three peacekeepers, a civilian pilot and one member of the Congolese national police wounded.
MONUC welcomes the arrest of two FDLR leaders by Germany

MONUC - November 19, 2009

Alan DossThe United Nations Organization Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) today welcomed reports of the arrest by German Federal Police of two FDLR leaders currently residing in the country namely Ignace Murwanashyaka and Straton Musoni on Tuesday on suspicion of carrying out crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Germany arrests top Rwanda rebels

BBC News - November 17, 2009

Ignace MurwanashyakaPolice in Germany have arrested two Rwandan militia leaders on suspicion of crimes committed in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ignace Murwanashyaka, the leader of the FDLR rebel group, and his aide Straton Musoni were held on suspicion of crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Human Rights Watch Chalks New Allegations Against Congo, Rwanda Troops

Congo News Agency - November 3, 2009

Human Rights Watch (HRW)Four days after Congo Government spokesman Lambert Mende lambasted Human Rights Watch about what he called “exaggerated” allegations on the situation in eastern Congo and the Congolese Armed Forces (FARDC) military operation (Kimia II) against the Rwandan Hutu militia (FDLR), the NGO responded with new allegations against the FARDC and their Rwandan Defense Force (RDF) allies in another operation (Umoja Wetu) against the FDLR earlier this year.

DR Congo in better situation but still in aftermath of insecurity

Xinhua - November 2, 2009

Mwando SimbaThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has entered into a decisive phase in the process of reconstruction and democratization, but the government still has much to do to get rid of insecurity. In a recent press release, Congolese Defense Minister Charles Muando Nsimba announced the operation initiated by the armed forces FARDC and the UN mission MONUC to combat Rwandan rebels and other insurgents were on the right track with positive results.
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.








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