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Congolese parties agree on security and military structure

The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the country's two main opposition factions have signed an agreement on military and security arrangements, a major step towards the formation of a two-year national transitional government, according to the United Nations mission in the country.

Annan to Security Council: consider more troops for UN mission in DR of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent a letter to the Security Council underlining the importance of the deployment of a brigade-sized UN contingent in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ensure that the precarious situation in the region does not deteriorate further.

Security Council approves one-month extension for UN mission in DR of Congo

Deeply concerned over the continuation of hostilities in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in particular in the province of North Kivu, the Security Council today extended the United Nations mission in that country for another month.

Security Council calls on Congolese parties to 'completely' renounce violence

Forcefully condemning the recent escalation of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), members of the United Nations Security Council today called on all the parties in the area to fully commit to the political process and to "completely and decisively" renounce the military path.

DR of Congo: emergency force continues deployment in Bunia - UN

Pressing ahead with a "weapons-free Bunia" initiative and other efforts to maintain the recent calm in the war-torn northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) town, the Interim Emergency Multinational Force is stepping up deployment in outlying neighbourhoods, United Nations officials said today.

Abducted UN military observers in DR of Congo released unharmed

Two United Nations military observers abducted last week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been released, according to the UN mission in that country.

Annan urges release of abducted UN military observers in DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all warring parties in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to cooperate unconditionally in the release of two United Nations military observers who were abducted in the town of Beni.

Security Council hears calls for strengthening peace mission in DR of Congo

A special Security Council mission and several regional players today called for reinforcing the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially in the eastern region where factional fighting has recently killed hundreds and sent thousands fleeing their homes.

Human rights violations, hunger on the rise in eastern DR of Congo - UN

Murder and rape are increasing in the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and children are slowly dying of starvation, with nearly two-thirds of the population estimated to suffer from food shortages, United Nations officials reported today even as the Security Council was being briefed on the latest peacekeeping efforts.

Security Council delegation set to arrive in war-torn Bunia, DR of Congo

United Nations Security Council diplomats are expected to arrive in the ravaged northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo town of Bunia today on a mission to revive a political process and end violence in the resource-rich region of Ituri.