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Annan hails peace agreement between DR of Congo and Rwanda, pledges UN support

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today hailed the signing of a peace agreement in South Africa between the Governments of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda as a step towards ending the devastating conflict in the Great Lakes region.

Following volcano eruption in DR of Congo, UN reports no immediate threat to residents

Lava from a volcano near the eastern town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could wreak physical destruction, but is not likely to harm residents in the area, the United Nations reported today.

Security Council calls for parties in DR of Congo to recommit to peace process

Noting the encouraging political developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the surrounding region, the Security Council today called on all parties to recommit themselves to taking forward these processes and to refrain from any military action that would undermine the progress for peace.

DR of Congo: Annan asks to extend expert panel on illegal use of natural resources

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has recommended that an expert panel dealing with the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) be extended until 31 October.

Commercial traffic on Congo River set to resume, UN says

The United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today announced the resumption of commercial traffic along the Congo River for the first time since war broke out in the country in August 1998, and said the move would help boost the local economy.

World Court rejects DR of Congo's call for provisional measures against Rwanda

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today rejected a request by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for provisional measures against Rwanda over what Kinshasa alleged was Kigali's aggression on its territory.

DR of Congo: UN food agency to resume airlifts to feed war victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it was resuming emergency airlift operations – for the third time in the past year – for thousands of people trapped by war in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).