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U.S. Official Sees Improvement in Africa's Great Lakes Region

Charles W. Corey | America.gov - May 26, 2010

Johnnie CarsonPresident Kabila has taken important steps to address insecurity, but they remain insufficient. The president has also voiced strong support for our program to train a light infantry battalion in Kisangani. That training includes a strong focus on improving FARDC human rights practices, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told the U.S. Congress.
Back from DR Congo, Security Council set to review mandate of UN force

UN News - May 17, 2010

Joseph Kabila with members of the UN Security CouncilNoting that substantial progress had been made since deployment of the mission, known as MONUC, in 1999, Ambassador Gerard Araud of France said that members “recognize that the situation remains fragile and that therefore any development of the UN presence should be done gently to avoid further instability.”
Security Council members depart for two-day visit to DR Congo

UN News - May 13, 2010

Un Security CouncilDuring the two-day visit, which was postponed from earlier this year due to the disruptions to air travel caused by the Icelandic volcano eruption, the Council will hold talks with President Joseph Kabila and his key ministers.
UN chief warns against early withdrawal from DR Congo

BBC News - April 30, 2010

MONUCThe UN's top humanitarian official has warned against a premature withdrawal of the organisation's military force from the Democratic Republic of Congo. But speaking on a visit to the volatile east of the country, John Holmes said any exit strategy should be considered carefully.
U.N. Security Council Cancels Congo Trip

Congo News Agency - April 16, 2010

Un Security CouncilThe United Nations Security Council cancelled a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Friday due to ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano that has caused air travel disruptions across Europe since Thursday.

DR Congo army regains control of Mbandaka

Xinhua - April 4, 2010

FARDC soldier in KivuTthe national army of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has regained control of the northwestern city of Mbandaka, hours after Enyele insurgents claimed to have snatched it in a surprise attack, according to the military.
Enyele rebels enter major city in Equateur province

Xinhua - April 4, 2010

Equateur Province MapEnyele rebels entered the capital of Equateur province in the northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) on Sunday, according to provincial government sources. The insurgents of the Enyele tribe entered the city of Mbandaka by force and took the local airport, the sources reported.
Behind Human Rights Watch Report on LRA, a Plea for MONUC to Remain in the Congo

Congo News Agency - March 29, 2010

MONUCThe release of this report just as the Security Council is set to respond to a request by Congolese authorities for the United Nations to withdraw its peacekeeping force in the DRC by June 2011 is no coincidence. In reading the report, one quickly realizes that behind the reported facts lies a plea for MONUC to remain in the DRC.
New strategy needed against LRA in DR Congo, says UN chief

BBC News - March 28, 2010

Joseph KonyAlan Doss spoke to the BBC after evidence emerged of a five day-rampage by the rebel group last December in which more than 300 people died. He said greater air mobility and better intelligence gathering was needed.
UN mission in DR Congo vows continued support for army

Xinhua - March 24, 2010

Alan DossThe special representative of the UN secretary general in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Alan Doss, confirmed on Tuesday in Kinshasa the continued support of the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC) for the Congolese armed forces (FARDC).







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