Security sector reform in DR of Congo vitally important - UN peacekeeping chief

Security sector reform is of high priority in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as prisoners escape from the jail in Bunia and Ituri in the east, but the Transitional Government coordinated well in defeating an incursion into Kinshasa last weekend, the United Nations chief of peacekeeping said today.

Annan disquieted by rising factionalism in DR of Congo Government

In a report chronicling regression in the post-conflict Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the increasing factionalism in the Transitional Government is disquieting, the continuing reports of militia atrocities against civilians causes concern and the slowdown in normalizing relations with the country's neighbours is regrettable.

UN mission stepping up efforts to stem illegal arms flows to DR of Congo

Responding to the Security Council's recent condemnation of illegal arms flows to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN mission there today said it will concentrate on helping to control the black market traffic in weapons bound for the Central African country.

Security Council sets up committee to monitor arms embargo against DR of Congo

The Security Council today established a committee to monitor an eight-month-old arms embargo against all armed groups operating in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a bid to strengthen the weapons ban, also authorizing the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country to seize or collect and to dispose of arms or related material found in violation of the measure.