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DR Congo, Rwanda and UNHCR discuss returns

UNHCR - April 17, 2009

Refugees return homeUNHCR is encouraged by the strong desire of the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda to have their nationals who are now refugees in their respective countries return home. Officials of the two countries met in Goma in eastern DRC to discuss the first steps in the return of their nationals, estimated at more than 150,000. The two-day tripartite gathering, which ended yesterday, was facilitated by UNHCR.
UN complains of Congo troop delay

BBC News - April 8, 2009

Goma - MONUCThe UN force chief in the Democratic Republic of Congo has complained there is still no sign of 3,000 peacekeepers approved by the UN five months ago. Alan Doss told the BBC his force was overstretched and unable to respond effectively to outbreaks of violence.
Banning DRC conflict minerals would be mistake, says new report

VOA News - April 7, 2009

Blood diamonds - AfricaA new report says it would be a mistake to ban the mining of so-called conflict minerals in the eastern DRC. The report contradicts what many humanitarian agencies have been calling for. It says the mining provides a livelihood for many poor people. The study was conducted by Resource Consulting Services of London and funded by the British Department for International Development, the London School of Economics and others.
Rwanda troops withdraw from Congo

BBC News - February 25, 2009

Congo - Rwanda borderThousands of Rwandan troops have started to leave Democratic Republic of Congo five weeks after they crossed the border to attack Hutu rebels. A ceremony has been held in the main eastern Congolese city of Goma, to mark their withdrawal.
DR Congo says foreign troops to pull back

XINHUA - February 22, 2009

Congo-Kinshasa - Goma - SakeRwanda, Uganda and southern Sudan will withdraw their troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) next week after joint operations against insurgency in the war-torn central African country, the government announced here on Saturday.
Negotiations between Kinshasa and CNDP Rebels to End Friday

VOA News - February 20, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesOngoing negotiations between the Congolese government and the political wing of the rebel National Congress for People's Defense (CNDP) ends today (Friday) in the restive North Kivu province of Goma. This follows a recent peace deal to end the long time hostilities between the national army and the rebels which has left scores dead and a sharp increase in the internally displaced persons.
DR Congo, Rwanda accomplish 65% of joint military operation

XINHUA - February 15, 2009

Congolese soldiersThe joint forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and Rwanda have accomplished 65 percent of the military operation against Rwandan Hutu rebels, dealing a heavy blow to the insurgency, according to the Congolese government. Communication Minister Lambert Mende unveiled the achievements in the capital Kinshasa at a press conference, saying the government is totally satisfied with the joint military operation which has not caused any civilian casualties.
Air Raid Kills Hutu Militia in DRC

VOA News - February 13, 2009

North Kivu MapArmy officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say an air raid has killed more than 40 Rwandan Hutu rebels. The Thursday strike on the camp where leaders of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda were meeting also wounded several other rebels.
UN mission in DR Congo says situation calm in North Kivu province

XINHUA - February 8, 2009

Goma - North KivuThe UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says the situation in the troubled North Kivu province is calm despite the on-going joint military operation against Rwandan rebels.
Kinshasa and Kigali Hold Talks over Extradition of Rebel Leader

VOA News - February 6, 2009

Laurent NkundaNegotiations between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda over the extradition of renegade army General Laurent Nkunda are expected to end today in Rwanda's capital, Kigali. This comes after residents of North Kivu province disrupted by the activities of rebels loyal to Nkunda demanded to see the rebel leader on trial in Congo.







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