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UN still mulling boosting force in DR Congo

by Herve Couturier
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 30 (AFP) - The Security Council on Friday backed a one-month extension of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, hoping to use the interval to agree on boosting the force's strength ahead of polls to be held by next June.

In a unanimous vote, the 15-member council extended until October 31 the mandate of the UN mission -- known as MONUC -- which was to expire Saturday.

MONUC was initially deployed in 2001 when DRC was still in the grip of a 1998-2003 war which embroiled the armies

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Great Lakes: Kinshasa says it resist any foreign invasion

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KINSHASA, 30 September (IRIN) - The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said on Friday its army would resist any invasion by foreign forces.

"If Uganda, Rwanda, or any other country launches an attack on the DRC, we will fight," Henri Mova Sakanyi, the government spokesman, told IRIN in Kinshasa, the nation's capital.

Rwanda has not recently threatened to send its army into the DRC. However, On Thursday Ugandan President Yoweri

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Security Council extends Mission in DR Congo for one month, unanimously adopting resolution 1628 (2005)

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5272nd Meeting* (AM)

The Security Council this morning extended the mandate of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), which was to expire today, for one month, until 31 October.

Unanimously adopting resolution 1628 (2005), the Council reaffirmed its commitment to the sovereignty and political independence of the country and its readiness to support the peace and national reconciliation process.

In his most recent report to the Council,

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Burundi + 4 others
UNSC travels to Africa's Great Lakes in November

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 30 (AFP) - The UN Security Council will embark on a week-long fact-finding mission to Africa's Great Lakes region in November, France's UN ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere said Friday.
De La Sabliere said he would lead the mission, which will comprise representatives of each of the council's 15 members.

The council team will hold talks with the presidents of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania as well as with local UN representatives from November 4 to 11.

The mission will first visit Kinshasa

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DRC-Uganda: Disarm LRA rebels or we invade, Museveni tells Kinshasa, MONUC

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KAMPALA, 30 September (IRIN) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said on Thursday the Congolese government and the UN mission there known as MONUC must, in two months, disarm Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels who recently crossed into eastern Congo or his army would do so.

"If the international community does not come in to do it, we shall go there," he said at a news conference in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

LRA Deputy Commander Vincent Otti led

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Uganda's threat to disarm rebels in DRC raises eyebrows: analysts

by Vincent Mayanja
KAMPALA, Sept 30 (AFP) - Uganda's threat to redeploy troops in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to neutralise anti-Kampala rebels has been met with the same suspicion that greeted its previous adventures in the neighbouring country, even if the UN has confirmed the rebels' presence.

Kampala has long maintained that there were Ugandan groups holed up in eastern DRC that posed a threat to its national security.

It used such claims to justify deployment there and support of DRC rebels during its vast neighbour's 1998-2003 war.

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Action lacking as deadline on Congo rebels passes

By David Lewis
KINSHASA, Sept 30 (Reuters) - A deadline for Rwandan and Ugandan rebels to leave Congo expires on Friday, but thousands remain and threats to drive them out are empty since there is no miltary force capable of doing so, diplomats say.

Despite the midnight Friday deadline agreed in August by Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda, very few of the foreign rebels have returned home, ignoring a barrage of appeals and threats from all three governments and the United Nations.

Rekindling fears of another flare-up

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RDC : Ross Mountain à Mbuji Mayi

Jean-Tobie Okala/Monuc

Le 27 septembre 2005, le Représentant Spécial Adjoint du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies en RDC, Ross MOUNTAIN a effectué sa 3e visite en quatre mois à Mbuji Mayi, pour s'enquérir de l'évolution du processus d'identification et d'enrôlement des électeurs au Kasaï Oriental, et pour y faire le suivi de la situation humanitaire et sécuritaire. Il était accompagné par le Directeur Pays du PNUD, Babacar Cissé, ainsi que du chef du bureau d'OCHA, Jahal de Meritens.

Un processus électoral qui semble marquer

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RDC-Ouganda : Les groupes rebelles étrangers ignorent l'ultimatum du gouvernement congolais

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NAIROBI, le 30 septembre (IRIN) - Les autorités congolaises ont lancé un ultimatum aux quelque 400 rebelles ougandais de l'Armée de résistance du seigneur (Lord's Resistance Army - LRA) les invitant à quitter le territoire vendredi au plus tard pour éviter de graves problèmes.
Venus du Soudan en septembre dernier, les combattants de la LRA s'étaient installés dans le parc national de la Garamba, dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo. Ils font partie des derniers groupes de rebelles étrangers que la RDC souhaitent voir quitter son territoire.
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Supporting "Girl's development and education" project in the Democratic Republic of Congo

On September 30 (Friday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,063,823.81 US dollars (approximately 114.89 million yen) through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Girl's Development and Education" Project to be implemented by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The purpose of the project is to improve school access of children with special emphasis on girls in the provinces of Katanga, Eastern and Western Kasai, the provinces worst hit by the civil
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ERD assists displaced people in Northeastern Congo

Episcopal Relief and Development is providing emergency assistance to people forced out of their homes after conflict in and around the northeast town of Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rebel groups from the country as well as neighboring Rwanda and Uganda have descended on Boga and Tchabi, forcing people to flee and abandon all their possessions and belongings. Thousands of people are now displaced and have fled to other towns in the province such as Buleyi, Eringeti, and Bunia.

Violence has recently increased due to

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DR Congo: Resolution 1628 (2005) adopted by the Security Council at its 5272nd meeting, on 30 Sep 2005 (S/RES/1628)

S/RES/1628 (2005)

The Security Council,

Recalling its resolutions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in particular resolutions 1565 (2004) of 1 October 2004, 1592 (2005) of 30 March 2005, 1596 (2005) of 18 April 2005 and 1621 (2005) of 6 September 2005,

Reaffirming its commitment to respect for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and its readiness to support the peace and national reconciliation process in that country, in particular through the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic

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D.R. Congo: "Humanitarian Train" restores access

KISANGANI, D.R. CONGO - September 30, 2005 It's just after nine o'clock on a hot and humid Wednesday morning in Kisangani. The riverside railroad platform is bustling as vendors sell dough puffs with peanut cream to boarding passengers. IRC staff members finish loading cargo cars with new furniture, medicines and supplies for 14 health centers now within reach.
Its whistle blowing, the "humanitarian train" departs the renovated station and begins its weekly eight-hour journey through the thick equatorial forest, stopping at nine other revived
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DRC: Referendum to be delayed, official says

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KINSHASA, 30 Sep 2005 (IRIN) - A constitutional referendum for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will not be held on 27 October as planned because only about half of the voters have registered so far, the head of the country's electoral commission said on Thursday.

"We will do everything to organise it before the end of the year," Apollinaire Malumalu, the chairman of the Electoral Commission, said.

"We are going to publish a definitive date soon," he added

As of Thursday, Malumalu said, at least

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RDC-Ouganda : Désarmez les rebelles de la LRA, ou nous nous en chargerons - Yoweri Museveni

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KAMPALA, le 30 septembre (IRIN) - Le gouvernement congolais et la Mission des Nations unies en RDC (MONUC) ont un délai de deux mois pour désarmer les rebelles de l'Armée de Résistance du Seigneur (Lord's Resistance Army - LRA) qui se sont réfugiés dans l'est du Congo, ou l'armée ougandaise s'en chargera, a annoncé jeudi le président ougandais, Yoweri Museveni.
« Si la communauté internationale ne les désarme pas, nous nous rendrons là-bas et le ferons à sa place », a déclaré le président ougandais, lors d'une conférence de presse à Kampala, la capitale ougandaise.
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UNJLC DRC Weekly Bulletin No. 1 - 30 Sept 2005

1. Introduction
Humanitarian needs in DRC remain high despite long-standing efforts to alleviate and eradicate them. These needs are a legacy of years of political and military turmoil, and are currently aggravated by a number of compounding factors.

A generalized lack of infrastructure constitutes the main obstacle to aid delivery. The country's sparse and rarely maintained transport network is poorly suited to the country's expanse and leads to a difficult and costly relief supply chain.

At the request of the HC (Humanitarian

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USAID/OTI DR Congo Hot Topics Sep 2005 - Ex-combatants change direction

The Synergie d'Education Communautaire et d'Appui (SE*CA) program promotes improved stability in war-affected areas by facilitating the reintegration of war-affected youths into their communities and increasing local, regional and national understanding of issues that are key to the political transition. To support these objectives, SE*CA uses three tools: 1) a youth education and skills program to train war-affected youths in agriculture, civic education, health, conflict management, reconciliation, personal values, numeracy, and literacy; 2) a media program
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USAID/OTI DR Congo Hot Topics Sep 2005 - Bridging the ethnic divide

The Synergie d'Education Communautaire et d'Appui (SE*CA) program promotes improved stability in war-affected areas by facilitating the reintegration of war-affected youths into their communities and increasing local, regional and national understanding of issues that are key to the political transition. To support these objectives, SE*CA uses three tools: 1) a youth education and skills program to train war-affected youths in agriculture, civic education, health, conflict management, reconciliation, personal values, numeracy, and literacy; 2) a media program