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EU military communications advance team arrives

IRIN - June 8, 2006

Gen Karlheinz Viereck, EU Operation Commander for the DRC
A 20-member advance team of the European Union (EU) force charged with safeguarding the first general elections in 45 years in the Congo has arrived in the capital, Kinshasa, a spokesman for the force said on Thursday
Mayi-Mayi warlord surrenders in Katanga

IRIN - May 17, 2006

Mayi-Mayi warlord Kyungu Mutanga, alias Gédéon, surrendered to UN peacekeepers on Friday in Mitwaba, a town in southeastern province of Katanga in Democratic Republic of Congo.


EU appoints commanders for Congo force

IRIN - April 28, 2006

The Council of the European Union has appointed two commanders and adopted a "Joint Action" on its military operation to support the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during general elections scheduled to be held later this year.


Security Council endorses EU force

IRIN - April 27, 2006

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution endorsing the deployment of a European Union (EU) reserve force to serve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a period ending four months after the date of the first round of upcoming general elections slated for later this year.


Security Council endorses EU force

IRIN - April 26, 2006

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution endorsing the deployment of a European Union (EU) reserve force to serve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a period ending four months after the date of the first round of upcoming general elections slated for later this year.


Ahead of elections UN sends more peacekeepers to troubled Katanga

UN News Service - April 25, 2006

The vanguard of a new contingent of United Nations peacekeepers has arrived in embattled Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to boost security for forthcoming elections that it is hoped will cement the vast country's transition from years of bloody conflict to peace and democracy.


Soldiers jailed for mass rape

IRIN - April 14, 2006

Seven soldiers in the Congolese army have been sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, including the mass rape of at least 119 women in the northwestern province of Equateur. This was the first sentence against the country's military personnel for crimes against humanity.


Security Council approves UN troop redeployment from Burundi to DR Congo

UN News Service - April 10, 2006

The Security Council today authorized the temporary redeployment of peacekeepers from the Organization's operation in Burundi (ONUB) to its mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) to strengthen security and oversight for the upcoming Congolese elections.


Thousands displaced by fighting arrive at Lake Albert

IRIN - March 30, 2006

Thousands of Congolese civilians in the northeastern district of Ituri arrived on Thursday at the port town of Kasenyi on Lake Albert, on the border with Uganda, after they fled fighting between the national army and militia groups, a local official said.


Civilians seek refuge near UN military camp to escape fighting

IRIN - March 29, 2006

At least 1,000 residents of two villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern district of Ituri sought refuge on Wednesday around a camp of Bangladeshi UN troops following fighting between militiamen and the national army, an official of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said.









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