Democratic

DR of Congo: Annan 'very concerned' by rapidly increasing tensions in Ituri

Very concerned by the rapidly deteriorating situation and continuing hostilities in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pledged to work closely with all the parties to pave the way for lasting peace in the region.

DR of Congo: UN panel on illegal exploitation of resources set to restart work

An expert panel investigating the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York for consultations before heading to the Great Lakes region to begin its work.

Security Council welcomes DR of Congo peace agreement, demands ceasefire

While welcoming the recent peace agreement reached among Congolese parties in Pretoria, members of the United Nations Security Council today expressed their deep concern about the fighting in Bunia and demanded an immediate end to the continuing hostilities in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Annan 'pleased' at agreement on DR of Congo, warns against continued fighting

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he was pleased to learn that the parties to the inter-Congolese dialogue reached agreement on all outstanding issues relating to the draft transitional constitution, but warned that recent power struggles in part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could result in a new round of inter-ethnic violence.

DR of Congo: UN mission in talks to investigate killings in Ituri

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has initiated talks with groups controlling parts of the country's Ituri region in hopes of dispatching a mission to investigate reports of violence and killings in the area.

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.