Annan urges release of abducted UN military observers in DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged all warring parties in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to cooperate unconditionally in the release of two United Nations military observers who were abducted in the town of Beni.

Security Council hears calls for strengthening peace mission in DR of Congo

A special Security Council mission and several regional players today called for reinforcing the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially in the eastern region where factional fighting has recently killed hundreds and sent thousands fleeing their homes.

Human rights violations, hunger on the rise in eastern DR of Congo - UN

Murder and rape are increasing in the war-ravaged eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and children are slowly dying of starvation, with nearly two-thirds of the population estimated to suffer from food shortages, United Nations officials reported today even as the Security Council was being briefed on the latest peacekeeping efforts.

Security Council delegation set to arrive in war-torn Bunia, DR of Congo

United Nations Security Council diplomats are expected to arrive in the ravaged northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo town of Bunia today on a mission to revive a political process and end violence in the resource-rich region of Ituri.

Top UN rights expert on DR of Congo welcomes arrival of French troops in Bunia

While welcoming the arrival in Bunia of advance elements of a United Nations-backed emergency force, the world body's leading expert on human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today said she was still concerned about the dramatic humanitarian situation unfolding throughout the country's war-ravaged northeast.

Security Council delegation meets with Congolese President Kabila

A United Nations Security Council delegation met today with President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Kinshasa in a bid to jump-start a solid political process for peace in Africa's troubled Great Lakes region.

DR of Congo: Security Council mission arrives in capital

Aiming to help launch a "solid political process," the United Nations Security Council's mission to central Africa has arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of war-weary Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Bloody ethnic clashes in DR of Congo claim more lives - UN mission

Bloody ethnic clashes in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) claimed more lives over the weekend, according to the United Nations mission in the country, as an advance party of troops from the UN-authorized multinational force began patrols in the area around Bunia.

More troops, 1-year extension recommended for UN mission in DR of Congo

With the parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United Nations standing at the intersection of peace and war, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the mandate of the UN mission in the country be extended until next June and that its military strength be boosted to nearly 11,000 troops.

Security Council mulls sending emergency force to northeastern DR of Congo

In strong support of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call for “decisive action,” the Security Council is expected to endorse – possibly as early as Friday – the deployment of an emergency force to help stabilize the volatile situation in the town of Bunia, in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).