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UN, DR Congo discussing end to peacekeeping mission

BBC News - March 4, 2010

MONUCThe UN has begun talks with the Democratic Republic of Congo on withdrawing its peacekeeping mission - the biggest UN operation in the world. UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said his officials would take a month to assess how the pullout of 20,500 personnel could be carried out. The current mandate of the mission, known as Monuc, expires in May.
Joseph Kabila Reshuffles Government

Congo News Agency - February 21, 2010

Congo Government MeetingPresident Joseph Kabila has carried-out a long-awaited government reshuffle aimed at improving performance and good governance. Adolphe Muzito has been reappointed as Prime Minister, Francois Joseph Nzanga Mobutu will also stay on as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Employment, Labor and Welfare.
U.S. Senator Durbin Calls on Rwanda to Name Rebels Involved in Genocide

Congo News Agency - February 16, 2010

Joseph Kabila and Paul Kagame in GomaU.S. Senator Dick Durbin called on Rwandan authorities on Monday to publish the names of FDLR (the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) rebels suspected of involvement in the country’s 1994 genocide.
Official Says MONUC Continues Help with Integrating Ex-Combatants Into Army

VOA News - February 11, 2010

Congo soldiersAn official of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) says the group has been successful in helping with the integration of tens of thousands of former combatants into Congo’s national army.
Official Denies Uganda Troop Presence in Congo

VOA News - February 1, 2010

Joseph Kabila and Yoweri MuseveniAn official of Uganda’s government has denied reports that its troops have entered into Beni town in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s formerly restive Kivu province. Uganda's information minister Kabakumba Masiko says there is no need for residents in the Kivu provinces to panic.
African leaders arrive in Luanda for CAN2010 opening ceremony

Xinhua - January 10, 2010

Congo mapAfrican leaders began to arrive in Luanda on Sunday to attend the opening ceremony of the final-stage matches of the soccer African Cup of Nations, the most popular sports extravaganza on the continent.
DR Congo declares European commissioner persona non grata

Xinhua - January 9, 2010

Karel De GuchtThe foreign minister for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has stopped the granting of a Kinshasa visa to the European commissioner for development, the Belgian Karel De Gucht, in reaction to his recent comments considered by Kinshasa as malicious.
Kabila sacks 3,000 civil servants

BBC News - January 5, 2010

Joseph KabilaAlmost 3,000 government employees have been sacked - or forcibly retired - in the Democratic Republic of Congo. President Joseph Kabila fired more than 100 people accused of corruption from the ministry of finance and other government departments.
Alan Doss: Human Rights Watch attack on MONUC 'shortsighted'

Alan Doss/The Washington Times - December 28, 2009

Alan DossThe Human Rights Watch report also catalogues numerous atrocities committed by the FDLR. The U.N. Security Council has called for the elimination of this threat. Peaceful relations between the DRC and Rwanda - a prerequisite for peace in the region - are riding on effective military operations against the rebel group. The national security forces of the DRC, with all their failings, are the only instrument the democratically-elected government has to neutralize the FDLR.
Blue helmets protect thousands daily, says top UN envoy

UN News - December 28, 2009

Alan DossIn its report on the mission, Human Rights Watch “brushes aside the crucial role that MONUC plays in protecting tens of thousands of civilians every single day, often in very remote areas,” Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special-Representative, wrote in an op-ed in today’s The Washington Times.







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