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Government troops will respect ceasefire in eastern DR Congo, UN told

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has assured the United Nations of its commitment to abide by the ceasefire in the eastern part of the vast African country, which has recently been the scene of some of the worst fighting in over a year between the Government and rebel groups.

UN envoy calls for 'surge' of peacekeepers in DR Congo in face of new violence

The top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today asked for additional peacekeepers beyond the nearly 19,000 uniformed personnel already there to prevent the vast country from slipping back into “horrendous” conflict.

DR Congo calls on UN to use force to impose peace on rebel holdouts in east

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today called for United Nations peacekeepers to be given a clear mandate and the resources necessary to impose peace by force if necessary on a rebel group that is the sole holdout on a disengagement plan in the east of the vast country.

UN mission deploys extra police as fighting continues in eastern DR Congo

Fighting continues to rage in the North Kivu province of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between Government forces and rebels, the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the country reported today as it stepped up efforts to stabilize the volatile region.

UN-backed group sounds alarm on deadly violence in eastern DR Congo

Signatories to the United Nations-backed January pact between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and armed groups aimed at bringing peace to the country’s troubled east today expressed grave concern over the recent flare-up of hostilities in North and South Kivu.

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers prevent rebel advances in volatile North Kivu

United Nations peacekeepers today stepped up their efforts to prevent a militia operating in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from taking a key town in North Kivu province, the scene of renewed deadly fighting between Government forces and rebels.

Aid plane with 17 on board crashes in eastern DR Congo – UN

A plane carrying humanitarian supplies with 17 people on board, including seven United Nations staff, has crashed into a mountain in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the world body confirmed today.

Ban ‘deeply troubled’ by evidence of abuse by blue helmets in DR Congo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he was “deeply troubled” by the outcome of a probe that has revealed prima facie evidence that a number of Indian peacekeepers, previously assigned to one of the units with the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), may have engaged in sexual exploitation and abuse.

DR Congo: UN estimates local elections will be held before July 2009

Local elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will take place in the first half of next year, according to the United Nations mission in the country, which is known as MONUC.

Top UN official in DR Congo in push to improve peacekeeper conduct

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today pledged to intensify his efforts to ensure that peacekeepers operating in the African country observe the UN Code of Conduct.