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DR Congo: 15 dissidents surrender to UN blue helmets in North Kivu

One officer and 14 troops who were part of a dissident battalion led by General Laurent Nkunda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have turned themselves in to the United Nations mission in the country (MONUC).

More clashes in DR Congo’s North Kivu will harm civilians, UN official warns

A senior United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has called on parties in the country’s troubled North Kivu province to avoid any actions that could harm the already beleaguered civilian population in the area.

UN should extend peacekeeping mission in DR Congo for a year – Ban Ki-moon

Citing ongoing security challenges in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended extending the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the vast country for one more year, suggesting that a drawdown could commence following the holding of local elections.

DR Congo: UN inquiry opens into sexual abuse allegations against peacekeeper

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced today that an independent investigation has begun into allegations of violent sexual abuse by a soldier serving with the force in the troubled northeast of the country.

DR Congo: UN refugee agency helps hundreds of displaced return to Ituri

The United Nations refugee agency has this week begun an operation to return hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to their homes in the troubled north-eastern province of Ituri by the end of the year.

Fresh skirmishes force thousands of displaced Congolese to flee North Kivu – UN

The United Nations refugee agency is concerned about tens of thousands of Congolese civilians who, having already been displaced due to recent clashes between Government forces and renegade troops in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have had to flee anew as gun battles erupted today between the two groups.

UN mission hails conviction of killer of two UN observers in DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today welcomed the conviction and sentencing of a former rebel militia member over the murder of two UN observers in the northeast of the country in 2003.

DR Congo: UN agency steps up efforts to curb spread of cholera in North Kivu

The United Nations refugee agency is intensifying its efforts to combat the spread of cholera in the troubled North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a spokesman for the agency said today.

DR Congo: Disarmament in Ituri progresses, but other steps needed – UN official

Disarmament in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Ituri province is proceeding apace but more steps are needed to foster lasting stability in the area, which has a history of ethnic tensions and cross-border rebel activity, a United Nations official said today.

DR Congo: UN official decries sexual violence, urges stronger response

A senior United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today decried the problem of sexual violence in the war-torn country, saying perpetrators are mostly police, military and militia members but civilians are increasingly involved, and calling for stronger response measures.