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DR Congo says over 2,000 Rwandan refugees ready to return

XINHUA - February 4, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesMore than 2,000 Hutu refugees from Rwanda in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), including civilians and ex-combatants, are ready to return to their home country, authorities announced on Tuesday.
North Kivu operation a boost for repatriation, peace - president

IRIN - February 3, 2009

Joseph KabilaThe joint military operation by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda to dislodge armed militias from North Kivu Province has prompted an increase in combatants willing to be repatriated, President Joseph Kabila said.
MONUC urges Rwandan Hutu militia to disarm and return home

UN News - February 2, 2009

Goma - MONUCThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has extended an olive branch to the ethnic Rwandan Hutu militia involved in armed conflict in the east of the country, urging combatants to hand in their weapons and repatriate.
Amnesty International: Laurent Nkunda and Bosco Ntaganda must face justice

Amnesty International - January 28, 2009

Laurent NkundaThe arrest of Laurent Nkunda should be followed by swift steps to prosecute him on charges that he committed war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amnesty International said today. Any trial must be fair and exclude the death penalty. If states fail to do so, then the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction to seek to prosecute him. Since 2004, the ICC Prosecutor has been investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC, particularly in the Ituri region, and has sought and obtained arrest warrants.
North Kivu: Joint Congolese-Rwandan Operations Continue

MISNA - January 26, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesRwandan and Congolese troops are continuing in the joint operation against the Democratic Force for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in east Democratic Republic of Congo, United Nations sources confirmed to MISNA, adding that little information is emerging on developments.
DR Congo peace talks suspended after arrest of rebel leader

XINHUA - January 24, 2009

NairobiThe UN-backed talks between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and eastern rebel group which began in Nairobi last month in a bid to end the bloody conflict has been suspended after the arrest of the rebel leader Gen. Laurent Nkunda.
DR Congo's rebel leader arrested

BBC News - January 23, 2009

Laurent KundaGen Laurent Nkunda, leader of the strongest rebel group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been arrested, the military says. He was detained in Rwanda after resisting a joint Rwandan-Congolese operation to arrest him, officials say.
Mixed Reaction Greets Rwandan Troops in DRC to Fight Rebels

VOA News - January 21, 2009

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesThere is mixed reaction after residents in the restive town of Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province heard announcement that Rwandan forces are in the country to fight rebels. This comes after Kinshasa invited Kigali troops to chase down the Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels after a recent agreement last year between Congo President Joseph Kabila and Rwanda President Paul Kagame.
UN-backed talks in DR Congo making slow progress, envoy tells Security Council

VOA News - January 15, 2009

Olusegun ObasanjoTensions between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda are beginning to thaw as on-going peace talks, aimed at ending fighting in the east of the DRC between the Government and the main rebel militia in the region, are making slow progress, the United Nations envoy facilitating negotiations told the Security Council today.
UN calls on rebels to resume talks with Government

UN News - January 2, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today called on the main rebel group in the east of the vast country to resume talks with the Government next week in a bid to end fighting that has forced over 250,000 from their homes since August.







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