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Annan re-appoints expert panel on illegal exploitation of resources in DR of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has re-appointed an expert panel investigating the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

DR Congo: Security Council expresses concern at human rights violations

The United Nations Security Council today expressed concern at serious human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), called for the punishment of those responsible and urged all parties to the conflict to maintain law and order in the areas under their control.

Annan urges parties in DR of Congo to work toward 'genuine' peace

While the all-inclusive power-sharing agreement signed last December was an important step towards national reconciliation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the parties have yet to take steps to implement the accord and instead remain engaged in military confrontations, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report released today.

Congolese parties meet under UN auspices to discuss key transitional issues

As the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to work towards genuine peace and national reconciliation, a joint United Nations team is coordinating a series of meetings underway in Pretoria, where Congolese parties are pressing ahead with efforts to bolster a recent peace accord.

DR of Congo: Annan mulls stronger UN mandate to counter rise in armed groups

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) might have to be strengthened because of the proliferation of armed groups in the eastern part of the country.

DR of Congo: UN mission chief says rebel group blocking peace in northeast

The top United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today he would seek Security Council action if a rebel group did not stop blocking peace efforts in the Ituri region, where half a million people have been displaced, women raped and many children enlisted as soldiers.

DR of Congo: Security Council hears of 'gross violations' of human rights

Deeply concerned by the continuous heavy fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), despite the signing of ceasefire agreements, two top United Nations officials today briefed the Security Council on the military situation and the deteriorating human rights conditions in that country.

UN to deliver aid to thousands left homeless by deadly tornado in western DR of Congo

United Nations relief workers are steadily making their way across the western part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where thousands of families have been left stranded and homeless in the wake of a deadly tornado.

UN repatriates former combatants in DR of Congo to Rwanda

Continuing its voluntary demobilization programme for ex-combatants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations mission in that country said today that it had repatriated to Rwanda nine former fighters, along with four of their dependents.

UN relief team to assess damage left by deadly tornado in western DR of Congo

In the wake of a devastating tornado in the western part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations today dispatched an assessment mission to the region to follow-up on reports of serious damage and loss of life.