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North Kivu: Security situation remains fragile

MONUC - December 10, 2008

MONUCThe security situation has improved in Masisi territory, but remains fragile in Kiwanja-Ishasa, despite the retreat of the “Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple” (CNDP) troops from Kiwanja-Ishasa, according to the MONUC military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Jean Paul Dietrich, at the weekly MONUC press conference of 10 December 2008.
UN envoy to launch dialogue between Government and rebels

UN News - December 5, 2008

Olusegun ObasanjoSet to kick off on Monday, the talks will be facilitated by Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Region and former Nigerian president, and Benjamin Mkapa, representing the African Union (AU) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR), who is also the former president of Tanzania.
SADC sends fact-finding mission in DR Congo amid post-conflict lull

XINHUA - November 24, 2008

Southern African Development Community - SADCMilitary officials of southern African countries have been in the troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) on a fact-finding mission since Friday amid a lull after the recent conflict between the government army and Tutsi rebels.
Security Council authorizes boost to UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo

UN News - November 20, 2008

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe Security Council today authorized a temporary increase of more than 3,000 blue helmets serving with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to deal with the violence in the country’s east, which has displaced an estimated 250,000 civilians in recent months.
Top UN envoy voices hope for additional troops in volatile eastern DR Congo

UN News - November 18, 2008

Congo IDPs and refugees in GomaThe top United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed hope that the Security Council will shortly approve a request for 3,000 additional troops to buttress blue helmets already on the ground in the country’s east, the scene of fierce recent conflict.
Angola Volunteers Troops for UN Mission in Congo

VOA News - November 12, 2008

Joseph Kabila and Eduardo Dos SantosAngola Foreign Minister Georges Chicoty announced on Angolan national radio that his country would send troops to eastern Congo, where government soldiers and a rebel group led by Laurent Nkunda remain in a standoff outside the town of Goma, near the Rwandan border.
Human Rights Watch: Increase Peacekeepers in Eastern Congo

Human Rights Watch - November 11, 2008

Kivu - Congo - IDPsThe civilian toll continues to rise, including killings in the town of Kiwanja in North Kivu on November 4-5 that Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Congo Alan Doss described as war crimes in a statement on November 7.
DR Congo displaced threatened by criminal abuses and spread of diseases, warns UN

UN News - November 11, 2008

Ban Ki-moonSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that the perpetrators of recent targeted killings of civilians, looting and rape in the war-torn east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will face justice.
SADC emergency summit strives to solve issues in Zimbabwe, DR Congo

XINHUA - November 10, 2008

Tomaz SalomãoSADC should immediately provide assistance to the armed forces of the DRC, said Tomaz Salomao, head of the regional bloc. The SADC would not stand by and witness incessant and destructive acts of violence by any armed groups against innocent people of DRC, if and when necessary, SADC will, within the Nairobi framework, send peacekeeping force into Kivu Province of the DRC, he added.
Human Rights Watch Accuses Congo Rebels of Killing Civilians

VOA News - November 7, 2008

Laurent NkundaU.S.-based group Human Rights Watch has accused Congolese Tutsi rebels of war crimes for the alleged killing of numerous civilians in the town of Kiwanja. Rights group urges "judicial authorities either from the International Criminal Court or from national jurisdictions to urgently look at what happened and to ensure that actors not just from these killings that happened in Kiwanja but from other towns as well over the past few years are held to account and are arrested".







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