First group tests repatriation route to DR of Congo from Tanzania, UN says

A pioneering group of nearly 300 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has gone home from Tanzania in the first convoy organized by the United Nations refugee agency to chart the way for thousands of Congolese going back to their war-battered country.

DR Congo: UN teams assist villages where over a dozen people were slaughtered

The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has sent units to two small villages in south Kivu where some 15 persons were slaughtered overnight by men with machetes.

DR of Congo: clock is ticking on political transition goals, UN Mission chief says

The United Nations and its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have nine months to accomplish crucial objectives in the country’s political transition – organizing credible elections, maintaining peace and security and addressing the devastation wrought by war, senior UN envoy William Lacy Swing said today.

DR Congo: Annan condemns armed incursion by Ugandan rebels

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the recent incursion by armed elements of Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Security Council calls on Rwandan rebel group to disarm, leave DR of Congo

Expressing its concern that foreign armed groups remain in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Security Council today deplored the failure of a Rwandan rebel group to disarm and repatriate, as it had pledged to do in March, and welcomed the DRC's plans to disarm an incoming Ugandan rebel group.

Security Council extends mission's mandate in DR of Congo until end of October

The Security Council, faced with the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) expiring today, extended it for one month, until the end of October.

Annan requests more troops, one-year extension for UN mission in DR of Congo

As the electoral process proceeds in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for more troops for the peacekeeping mission there and a one-year extension of its mandate until October 2006, after the installation of a newly elected Government.

UN deputy relief coordinator arrives in DR of Congo

United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlström arrived today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the head of an inter-agency mission as the country tries to leave behind ethnic strife and prepares for elections next year.

Annan praises Nigeria's peacekeeping record, offers help with troublesome unit

Noting the United Nations' and Nigeria's shared commitment to a policy of zero-tolerance for sexual exploitation in peacekeeping, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed Nigeria's decision to recall a unit from the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following allegations of misconduct.

DR of Congo refugees in Tanzania can start returning home in mid-October, UN says

The first of more than 150,000 refugees who fled fighting in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will begin to go home from Tanzania next month to the most secure areas under an official voluntary repatriation operation, the United Nations High Commission for Refuges (UNHCR) said today.