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Over 20,000 Congolese flee tribal clashes in the DRC

Kampala (dpa) - Officials manning Uganda's western frontier districts said Thursday that over 20,000 Congolese have fled the tribal clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri region during the past week.
"The displaced are arriving daily in large numbers. Earlier they were fleeing with just herds of cattle but now they are coming with personal belongings.

"In Ntoroko parish, we have recorded 7,159 and in Kanara 1,750 and we have not even counted the others in two other sub-counties,'' said Government Commissioner Erasto Gubaare for the western district of Bundibugyo.

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Presidents of Rwanda, Uganda to meet in London on May 8

KAMPALA, May 1 (AFP) - Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda will meet in London on May 8 as part of efforts brokered by the British government to mend the two countries' strained relations, officials said Thursday.
"Under a timetable set up under the British government arranged talks, the two leaders have to meet every six months to review progress on improving relations," Bakayana Kityo, acting permanent secretary in Uganda's foreign ministry told AFP.

Tensions between Kampala and Kigali,

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Afghanistan + 7 others
USAID/OTI program activities updated Apr 2003

United States Agency for International Development
Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
Office of Transition Initiatives

Current Programs

Program
Goals and Objectives
Dates
FY2003 Funds estimated ($000)
AFRICA
Angola Expand the foundation for a more
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Burundi + 7 others
USAID/OTI special focus areas

United States Agency for International Development
Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
Office of Transition Initiatives
Conflict Management and Peace Initiatives

Description

Immediate interventions are identified and implemented to build momentum in support of the peace process. Grassroots groups at the national, regional, and/or local levels are empowered to provide input into peace/settlement processes. Support is provided to local/regional/national organizations, political leaders at all levels of society, and the private

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Afghanistan + 9 others
DRC, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Republic of Congo: Polio eradication campaign Appeal No. 07/2002

Launched on: 01 March, 2002 for 9 months for CHF 1,086,000 from some 5.9 million beneficiaries.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Allocated: N/A
At a glance

Appeal coverage: 112.9%

Summary: The objectives in the appeal have been exceeded with the participation of National Societies in 10 countries and more than 36.4 million children under the age of 5 years reached. Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies participate in the work of Interagency Coordination Committees (ICCs) and continue to be acknowledged by the Ministries of Health (MoH), the World Health Organization (WHO)

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Declaration by the EU Presidency on the withdrawal of Ugandan People's Defence Forces from the Ituri region of the DRC

Report
European Union
Brussels, 30 April 2003 - The European Union underlines the importance of further progress in the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order not to lose the momentum created by the conclusion of the inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City as well as the Luanda Agreement. In this respect, the EU recalls that Uganda committed itself in Luanda formally to withdraw its troops from Ituri (DRC) no later than March 20, 2003, a date it subsequently readjusted to April 24, 2003.
The EU considers it of the greatest
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DRC: UN envoy condemns violence in wake of historic meeting in capital

Report
UN News Service
The head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has condemned the spate of violence in the country's volatile northeast, which threatened to eclipse an historic meeting between rebel leaders and Government officials in the capital, Kinshasa.
While applauding recent efforts by all Congolese parties to push forward the nascent peace process - the reconciliation initiative underway in Ituri as well as the rebel leaders' arrival in Kinshasa - Amos Namanga Ngongi, head of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC),
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Angola + 3 others
Kimberley Process still in process - Progress made, but key issues remain

Report
Amnesty
AI INDEX: IOR 80/009/2003
JOHANNESBURG: April 30, 2003: Representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) attending the First Plenary Meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) welcomed international commitment to take additional effective steps to break the link between diamonds and human rights violations and conflict in Africa. However, governments failed to take action on an element critical to the credibility of the Scheme - the need for regular, independent monitoring of all participants, to ensure that the process is not subject to abuse. "For too long
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Afghanistan + 15 others
Report on the nutrition situation of refugees and displaced populations - Issue No. 41

Highlights
West Africa The situation in West Africa is worsening. The destabilisation of Ivory Coast has led to vulnerability of people in country and has also had a major impact in nearby countries. In addition, cross-border population displacements of Ivorians, Liberian refugees in Ivory Coast and third national countries have been widespread, especially to Liberia. In Ivory Coast, whilst nutrition assessments have not shown dramatic situations, food security is decreasing, more or less quickly depending on the area. An upsurge in violence in Liberia,
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Declaration of international humanitarian, human rights, development and civic education NGOs with a field presence in DR Congo

International non-governmental organizations working in Congo have been closely following the recent progress made in the DRC on the road to peace and democracy. We consider the successful end of the Inter-Congolese Dialogue and the imminent installation of the transitional government as important steps on the way to re-establishing rule of law in DRC. We congratulate the Congolese who have contributed to these accomplishments as well as the international organizations, the United Nations, and the countries that have put pressure on the belligerents
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Final communiqué of the Ministerial Meeting of Angola, DR Congo and Uganda (S/2003/514)

S/2003/514
Letter dated 29 April 2003 from the Permanent Representative of Uganda to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council

On instructions from my Government, I have the honour to transmit herewith a statement issued on 15 April 2003 by the Ministerial Meeting of Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, which was held at Bunia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (see annex).

At the meeting, Uganda was represented by the Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, James

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Burundi + 7 others
JRS Dispatches No. 131

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 131)
Twice monthly news bulletin from the Jesuit Refugee Service International Office

REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

SOUTH KIVU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, SINKING INTO CHAOS

Despite recent peace agreements, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, is sinking back into war and chaos, JRS-Grands Lacs announced in a statement dated 22 April. The agreements of Sun City (South Africa) signed on April 2nd, 2003 opened up a scenario of hope for the pacification of the province of South Kivu, Democratic

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Kimberley Process still in process

Report
Global Witness
JOHANNESBURG: Representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) attending the First Plenary Meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) welcomed international commitment to take additional effective steps to break the link between diamonds and human rights violations and conflict in Africa. However, governments failed to take action on an element critical to the credibility of the Scheme -- the need for regular, independent monitoring of all participants, to ensure that the process is not subject to abuse. "For too long
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USAID Field Report DR Congo Apr 2003

United States Agency for International Development
Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
Office of Transition Initiatives
Program Description

USAID/OTI's goal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is to enhance the informed participation of Congolese society in political and economic decision-making processes that contribute to a peaceful, unified, and democratic country.

To advance this goal OTI activities fall under three objectives:

  • Increased country-wide availability of and access to balanced information;

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UN mission pleased with peace process in DR Congo, worried by unrest in east

KINSHASA, April 29 (AFP) - The UN mission in Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday that it was pleased with advances in the central African country's peace process but deeply concerned by ongoing military activity in the east.
MONUC, as the UN mission is known, "notes with satisfaction the concrete steps taken" to definitively end the four-year war in the former Zaire, which at its height drew in half a dozen African countries.

But MONUC remains "very worried by military activities in the east of the country, in Orientale province

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MONUC welcomes the breakthrough in the DRC political process and calls on parties to put an end to the fights in the East of the country

by Yulu Kabamba
MONUC notes with satisfaction the progress achieved by the signatory Parties to the all-inclusive agreement since the conclusion of the Inter Congolese Dialogue in Sun City on 2 April: the Constitution was promulgated, President Joseph Kabila was sworn in and the Follow Up Commission of the All-Inclusive Agreement started working. We should as well highlight the meetings held by the International Committee for the Support of the Transition set up by the United Nations Secretary-General who spares no effort for a happy outcome of the Congolese crisis.
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Bemba's rebels name members to government in DR Congo

by Rose-Marie Bruballa
KINSHASA, April 29 (AFP) - The rebel Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) has presented its list of members in a transition government in Democratic Republic of Congo, with MLC leader Jean-Pierre Bemba as a vice-president.

The movement, based in the northern Equateur province of the war-devastated central African nation, gave the names to President Joseph Kabila on Monday, an MLC statement issued overnight said.

That Bemba was to become one of four vice-presidents under a peace plan to create a broad-based interim government

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RDC: Namanga Ngongi qualifie d'historique la présence de la délégation

par Mathy Mupapa
Le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies pour la République Démocratique du Congo, M. Namanga Ngongi, a qualifié mardi d'événement historique l'arrivée à Kinshasa de la délégation du Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie (RCD), pour la première fois depuis le déclenchement de la guerre le 2 août 1998.

Au cours d'une interview sur Radio Okapi, M. Ngongi a mis l'accent sur les efforts déployés par la MONUC pour convaincre le RCD/Goma de venir dans la capitale congolaise. « Nous avons pris en

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DR Congo: RCD-Goma's presence in Kinshasa is a historical event, according to MONUC's head

by Joelle Sabella
The Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mr. Namanga Ngongi, described as a historical event the arrival of the Congolese Rally for Democracy-Goma (RCD-Goma) delegation in Kinshasa, for the first time since war broke out on 2 August1998.

In a Radio Okapi interview, Mr. Ngongi highlighted MONUC's efforts to persuade RCD-Goma delegates to come to the Congolese capital. "We took into consideration their security concerns. We made proposals to the United Nations Headquarters so that

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Burundi + 8 others
Refugee deaths underscore need to implement border settlement guidelines

Security incidents in refugee camps located close to international borders continue to take lives. Today, more than 35,000 Liberian refugees in the Ivory Coast are in imminent danger, and the UN estimates that half of them need to be evacuated immediately. No country has offered them a safe haven. At Nicla camp, near Guiglo, more than 8,000 refugees face ongoing fighting and active recruitment from belligerent forces. One refugee accommodated near the Liberian border told Refugees International, "I personally know of five people who disappeared. Two of the bodies were found."