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16 Dec 2002 description


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05 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

KINSHASA, 5 December (IRIN) - The United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) on Wednesday sent observers to Bukavu, South Kivu, to investigate the alleged presence of Rwandan soldiers in the region after their official withdrawal in October.

18 Oct 2002 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 18 October (IRIN) - Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda called on the chairman of the African Union on Thursday to convene an "urgent regional summit" on peace in the Great Lakes area.

02 Oct 2002 description
report IRIN

KAMINA, DRC, 2 October (IRIN) - An exploratory mission of disarmed and demobilised Rwandan Hutu former combatants based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) arrived in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on Monday to gauge whether it was safe for their return, new organisations reported.

25 Sep 2002 description

JRS in the Great Lakes region reports that though the pace has slowed significantly since September 18, the government of Rwanda is continuing with the process of repatriating the 32,000 Congolese refugees from Gihembe (Byumba) and Kiziba (Kibuye). Byumba and Kibuye Camps have been home to the refugees since 1996 after they fled to Rwanda to escape the killings perpetrated against their ethnic group by the Interahamwe (Hutu militia). These refugees are ethnic Tutsis who speak the Kinyarwanda language of Rwanda.

19 Sep 2002 description
report IRIN

KINSHASA, 19 September (IRIN) - Rwanda has ordered the withdrawal of another segment of its troops from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), this time from the cities of Kabalo, Kalemie, Kongolo and Nyunzu in northern Katanga Province.

04 Sep 2002 description

Rwandan authorities begin repatriation of Congolese refugees in Byumba and Kibuye Refugee camps

30 Jul 2002 description

Programme of Implementation of the Peace Agreement between the Governments of the Republic of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Withdrawal of the Rwandan Troops from the Territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Dismantling of the Ex-FAR and Interahamwe Forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

30 Jul 2002 description

PEACE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF RWANDA AND THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE RWANDAN TROOPS FROM THE TERRITORY OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO AND THE DISMANTLING OF THE EX-FAR AND INTERAHAMWE FORCES IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (DRC).

1. The Lusaka Cease-fire Agreement of 1999 sets out modalities for the tracking down and disarmament of ex-FAR and Interahamwe forces in the territory of the DRC. To date, it has not been possible to effectively implement the decisions relating to these armed groups.

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29 Jul 2002 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 29 July (IRIN) - UK Secretary of State for International Development Clare Short arrived in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on Monday to shore up recent peace developments between Rwanda and neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), ahead of Tuesday's scheduled signing of an accord between their respective presidents, Paul Kagame and Joseph Kabila, in Pretoria, South Africa, an official with the Africa Great Lakes and Horn Department of the UK Department for International Development told IRIN.

22 Jul 2002 description
report AlertNet

By Katherine Arie

24 May 2002 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 24 May (IRIN) - Insecurity and the threat of it has caused thousands of people in the Great Lakes region to seek refuge in neighbouring countries, seemingly more secure than theirs. Some host countries have just emerged from war while others continue to suffer war or are faced with the threat of insurgency. The interrelationship of the security situation of the countries in the region has complicated its refugee matrix: There are Rwandan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Tanzania, and Burundian refugees in Rwanda and Tanzania, and refugees headed home.

19 Apr 2002 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 19 April (IRIN) - A recent Oxfam report says that some five million people have died from violent conflict in the Great Lakes region of Africa in the last decade, including about 800,000 people in the Rwandan genocide of 1994, and 2.5 million in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since 1998.