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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).

Early election results released to dispel rumours in strife-torn DR Congo – UN

Preliminary election results released over the weekend in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) aim to stem the flow of rumours that final results are already in, the United Nations reported today.

Security Council praises Congolese poll, urges presidential candidates to honour results

Security Council members today praised the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for last month’s second round of elections and urged the two presidential candidates to honour the results, the body’s president for this month said.

DR Congo: Annan calls on presidential candidates to avoid violence as votes are counted

With provisional results in yesterday’s presidential poll in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) not expected for another 10 days, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the two candidates and their supporters to avoid acts of violence at all cost after the largest and most complex elections the United Nations has ever helped organize.

DR Congo: Annan ‘very concerned’ at rising violence ahead of Sunday’s elections

As the United Nations Mission in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reinforced security and placed military observers throughout the vast country ahead of Sunday’s run-off presidential election, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed deep concern at the increasing level of violence.