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Huge DR Congo gold mine to open, displacing 15,000

BBC News - July 22, 2010

Rangold Resources Kibali ProjectMining firm Randgold Resources says it is to begin mining Africa's largest undeveloped gold deposit - in eastern DR Congo. The mine will require the re-location of 15,000 people, but Randgold says the project has the support of the government and the local community.
U.S. Financial Bill Will Require Disclosure on Conflict Minerals - Hillary Clinton

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - July 22, 2010

Joseph Kabila with Hillary Clinton in Goma - CongoPresident Obama has now signed into law a measure that will require corporations to publicly disclose what they are doing to ensure that their products don't contain these minerals. The DRC has formally expressed its support for this law and has thanked both the executive and legislative branches of our government. This is one of several steps we are taking to stop this illicit and deadly trade.
Tullow Oil loses Congolese permit on Lake Albert

BBC News - June 24, 2010

Lake AlbertThe Congolese government has given an oil permit claimed by Tullow Oil to a rival consortium. The oil ministry says the permit is invalid as president Kabila did not approve it. The government has given the permit to a rival consortium that includes South Africa's state oil company PetroSa.
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.
Great Lakes regional body calls for free, fair elections in member states

Xinhua - May 23, 2010

Great Lakes - AfricaThe International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) on Sunday urged its member states to hold free and fair elections in order to avoid the region from slipping back to anarchy.
Great Lakes states meet in Uganda over conflict minerals

Xinhua - May 23, 2010

Congo, Rwanda, Burundi,TanzaniaSenior government officials from the Great Lakes region on Sunday started a two-day meeting here that will discuss among others the illegal exploitation of natural resources that is fueling conflicts in the region.
Great Lakes countries to hold economic meeting

Xinhua - February 17, 2010

Great Lakes - Kivu provincesThe French ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pierre Jacquemot, announced on Tuesday that there will be a meeting in June to mobilize funds for the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (CEPGL) to support Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo.
African Leaders to Meet in Ethiopia to Discuss Congo

XINHUA - January 12, 2009

CEEAC meeting in KinshasaThe Kenyan government has expressed confidence that talks aimed at ending conflict in the war-ravaged eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) underway in Nairobi will be successful. Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula told journalists in Nairobi on Monday that he is hopeful a deal will soon be reached on the cessation of hostilities between the government and the major Tutsi rebel militia, the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP).
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 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.







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