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SADC standby forces ready to intervene in DR Congo, Madagascar

XINHUA - February 23, 2009

SADCThe Southern African Development Community (SADC) Standby Brigade is ready to intervene in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and Madagascar in order to restore peace and stability in the two countries, Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Monday.
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.
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.
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.
Government-rebel talks enter substantive phase

UN News - January 8, 2009

NairobiThe UN envoy is currently holding consultations, including on the possibility of holding a gathering this month of the leaders of Great Lakes nations to update them on progress made so far and obstacles that remain in achieving peace between the Government and the CNDP.
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.
DR Congo peace talks adjourned until next week

XINHUA - December 12, 2008

Olusegun ObasanjoThe Talks between the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and a main rebel group are making steady progress but have been adjourned until next week, mediators said on Friday. The Nairobi peace talks which began earlier this week will adjourn until Dec. 17, Olusegun Obasanjo, the UN Special Envoy and former Nigerian president said in a statement.
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.
Ban Ki-moon appoints Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Envoy to the DRC

UN News - November 4, 2008

Olusegun Obasanjo“The conflict along the Rwandan and Congolese border has gone on too long, with catastrophic consequences,” Mr. Ban said. “We need peace – an end to fighting so that the region’s people can enjoy a measure of stability and prosperity.”
U.S. Senators Barack Obama and John McCain asked about Congo humanitarian crisis in second presidential debate

Congo Planet - October 7, 2008

Barack Obama and John McCainSenator Obama, let me ask you if -- let's see if we can establish tonight the Obama doctrine and the McCain doctrine for the use of United States combat forces in situations where there's a humanitarian crisis, but it does not affect our national security. Take the Congo, where 4.5 million people have died since 1998, or take Rwanda in the earlier dreadful days, or Somalia. What is the Obama doctrine for use of force that the United States would send when we don't have national security issues at stake?







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