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Security Council calls on DR of Congo and UN mission to disarm foreign fighters

The United Nations Security Council today called on the Transitional Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to "develop a joint concept of operations for the disarmament of foreign combatants," together with the UN peacekeeping mission there, as it extended the mission's mandate to 1 October.

Elections and governance now key issues in DR of Congo but security inadequate – Annan

Pointing to upcoming elections and subsequent national stability as the key issues facing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended extending the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission there for another year and has called for troop deployment in two more provinces.

UN relief official calls on DR of Congo Government to act responsibly

With tens of thousands of people displaced by militias in parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the population in other parts suffering at the hands of the national military, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has called on the country’s Government to exercise its responsibilities to the Congolese people.

More than 500 combatants disarmed in northeast DR of Congo – UN mission

Some 500 fighters from a militia in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and 50 from another armed group have voluntarily disarmed to join the Disarmament and Community-based Reintegration (DCR) process, the United Nations mission in the Great Lakes nation said today.

UN peacekeeping patrols seize weapons in eastern DR of Congo

United Nations peacekeepers seized weapons and ammunition in the northeastern Ituri region as they, backed by helicopter gun ships, conducted their regular cordon and search operations designed to force militias to flee, or reduce "their capacity for nuisance," the mission said today.

UN mission in DR of Congo suspends or expels civilians in sexual abuse cases, clears three

Seventeen civilians in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been investigated on allegations of sexual exploitation, of which three cases have been closed for lack of evidence and one is still being reviewed, a UN spokesman said today.

Eastern DR of Congo surpasses Darfur as biggest, most neglected emergency – UN relief official

The situation in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has surpassed the upheavals in Sudan's Darfur region as "the biggest, most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today," according to the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator.

UN operation in eastern DR of Congo aimed at bringing stability to region

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) carried out a cordon and search operation today in the Ituri district, located in the country's northeast and scene of recent clashes between militias who have also been attacking civilians.

UN reports resumption of aid suspended during fighting in eastern DR of Congo

Over 88,000 displaced people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are receiving humanitarian aid again after a suspension forced by intensified fighting between ethnic militias, but the area remains tense and further disruption to aid activities cannot be ruled out, the United Nations announced today.

Senegalese general picked to lead UN forces in DR of Congo

A Senegalese general has been picked by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to command United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).