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UN refugee agency signs agreement for return of Congolese refugees from Zambia

The governments of Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have signed a tripartite agreement with the United Nations refuge agency that paves the way for the voluntary return home of 60,000 Congolese.

DR Congo: Annan calls on loser in presidential poll to peacefully accept the results

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the losing candidates in the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and their supporters “to peacefully accept” the result after the Supreme Court declared President Joseph Kabila the winner.

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers intervene to halt dissident troops’ advance on eastern city

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), backed by attack helicopters, intervened on the side of the army today to stall the advance of dissident troops on the city of Goma in the east of the vast country, which is emerging from years of civil war and factional fighting.

UN says it will support Congolese troops enforcing Kinshasa ultimatum if needed

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will support the Congolese army if needed in enforcing a 48-hour security ultimatum in the capital to remove forces loyal to the losing candidate in last month’s presidential elections, the top UN envoy to the strife-torn country has said.

DR Congo: UN soldiers intervene after demonstrators set fire to Supreme Court

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) shot into the air today to disperse supporters of the losing candidate in the presidential elections and restore order after demonstrators opened fire and set the Supreme Court and a police vehicle ablaze in Kinshasa, the capital.

Security Council urges DR Congo presidential candidates to use law for any challenges

The Security Council today added its voice to the chorus of United Nations calls for the two candidates and their supporters in the run-off presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to avoid acts of violence after the release of provisional results and to use the law only to settle any challenges.

DR Congo: Annan leads call for calm after provisional presidential results released

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the two candidates and their supporters in the run-off presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to respond calmly to provisional results released today and to use the law rather than violence to pursue any challenges.

Congolese presidential contenders will respect neutrality of security forces, UN says

As part of a series of agreements to abide by the outcome of the Congolese presidential elections, the contenders have pledged to respect the apolitical character of the national security services, the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) said today.

DR Congo presidential contenders say they will accept election results – UN

Leading Congolese presidential contenders President Joseph Kabila and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba are committed to supporting an independent commission tallying the votes from last month’s runoff between them, the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) said today.

UN launches massive clothing distribution to Congolese refugees ahead of rainy season

The United Nations refugee agency has launched a widespread clothing distribution operation to help over 50,000 camp dwellers prepare for the coming rainy season in the Ituri region of the strife-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).