Annan reaffirms UN commitment to peace in the eastern DR Congo

In the face of deadly clashes between United Nations peacekeepers and armed rebel groups in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reaffirmed the UN’s determination to work closely with the Congolese authorities in restoring peace in the region.

UN peacekeeper, DR of Congo troops and scores of Ugandan rebels killed in sweep

A United Nations peacekeeper from India, soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and leaders of a Ugandan rebel movement were among the scores of people killed as the Congolese troops took back nine localities in the troubled eastern region of the country, the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) reported today.

Annan praises Congolese conduct of constitutional referendum

Echoing yesterday’s acclamation from the United Nations Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today congratulated the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the successful conduct of their constitutional referendum on 18 and 19 December, despite the tremendous challenges they faced.

DR Congo: UNICEF rushes aid to 10,000 people displaced by fresh fighting

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has provided emergency relief items to over 10,000 newly displaced people in three camps, north of Katanga province.

Security Council lauds Congolese for successful and peaceful referendum

The United Nations Security Council today congratulated the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for successfully carrying out a referendum on its draft Constitution last weekend that paves the way for the country’s first democratic elections next year.

DR Congo: UN reports peaceful constitutional referendum, with few incidents

The weekend constitutional referendum in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was carried out peacefully throughout the country with few incidents, the United Nations mission there reported today.

As tens of thousands flee fighting in DR of Congo, UN mobilizes urgent food aid

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently mobilizing food aid, and needs $20 million in additional funding, for tens of thousands of Congolese fleeing their homes in fear of fresh militia attacks in the Katanga region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

DR Congo: UN hails arrest of militia leader for attacks on civilians and peacekeepers

The UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has welcomed the arrest of a notorious militia leader thought to be responsible for attacks that caused the death of scores of civilians as well as nine peacekeepers earlier this year.

Sudanese refugees head for home while Congolese refugees prepare to leave Sudan – UN

Some 12,000 internally displaced Sudanese returning home with half a million head of cattle will take a month to traverse the bridge that is the only crossing-point over the White Nile in the region and many animals risk being killed on the heavily mined road leading there, a United Nations refugee agency spokeswoman said today.

UN briefs African Union on deployment in troubled east of DR of Congo

A military delegation from the African Union (AU) has arrived in North Kivu in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assess the possible deployment of 7,000 troops to disarm foreign armed groups who have been attacking civilians, the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) said.