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Civilians seek refuge near UN military camp to escape fighting

IRIN - March 29, 2006

At least 1,000 residents of two villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern district of Ituri sought refuge on Wednesday around a camp of Bangladeshi UN troops following fighting between militiamen and the national army, an official of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said.


Civic education crucial ahead of poll, official says

IRIN - March 29, 2006

Civic education ahead of elections scheduled for June is of "utmost importance" to sensitise the public for the democratic process, the head of the Democratic Republic of Congo's Independent Electoral Commission, Apollinaire Malumalu, has said.


EU military mission gets the go ahead

IRIN - March 27, 2006

The Council of the European Union announced on Thursday that it had approved "the concept" of EU troops supporting MONUC, the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during the presidential and legislative elections process this year.


Army retakes Ituri village

IRIN - March 24, 2006

Some 280 militiamen have withdrawn from the village of Katoto, in the northeastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the face of advancing government troops, a senior military officer said on Friday.


Step up relief efforts in Katanga, OCHA urges

IRIN - March 24, 2006

Humanitarian actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must increase efforts to resolve "critical" food shortages and lack of protection for at least 150,000 war-displaced people in Katanga Province, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said.


Annan says DR of Congo at 'critical stage' with enthusiasm for June elections

UN News Service - March 23, 2006

Describing the Democratic Republic of Congo as being at a ?critical stage? ahead of landmark 18 June elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today met officials in the east of the country, saying that he felt Congolese were excited at the prospect of electing their own leaders and ending the long, bloody civil conflict.


Greater UN presence needed in Katanga to counter hunger, atrocities

UN News Service - March 23, 2006

United Nations relief officials are calling for stepped-up humanitarian and peacekeeping measures to confront hunger and ?horrific atrocities? in Katanga in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where fighting between the army and Mai Mai rebels has driven over 150,000 people from their homes in the last six months.


Tshisekedi supporters in demo for inclusion in electoral bodies

IRIN - March 22, 2006

Thousands of party supporters of veteran opposition politician Etienne Tshisekedi marched through the streets of the Congolese capital, Kinshasa, on Wednesday demanding that their Union pour la democratie et le progres social (UPDS) be integrated into the country's election organisational structures.


UN's Annan Tells Congo's Politicians to Accept Rule, Results of Elections

VOA News - March 21, 2006

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has called on Congo's politicians to ensure that their post-war election is inclusive and the results are respected by all parties.


Annan in Kinshasa for last leg of Africa visit

IRIN - March 21, 2006

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on Tuesday for a three-day visit, on the fourth and final leg of his African tour.





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