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28 Dec 2005 description
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KAMPALA, Dec 28, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - Ugandan and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) authorities have agreed on a joint strategy to fight the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group fighting the Ugandan government.

27 Dec 2005 description
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KAMPALA, Dec 27, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) has handed over 51 rebel militias to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) authorities.

23 Dec 2005 description
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KAMPALA, Dec 23, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda is not threatened by the reparations to be paid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a top official has said.

"The government is not threatened by the ICJ's ruling and the reparation issue. We shall find a way and Congo knows that they need us and we need them," Minister of State for Information Nsaba Buturo was quoted by the state-owned The New Vision on Friday as saying.

06 Dec 2005 description
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LUSAKA, 6 Dec., 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The powerful earthquake that rocked several countries around Lake Tanganyika in central Africa Monday had a magnitude of 5.4 instead of 6.8 observed by the US Geological Survey, the Zambian Geological Survey Department said Tuesday.

A statement by the department said the quake was recorded by the Lusaka Seismic Station at 12:22 GMT or 2:22 p.m. local time and is located at Latitude 6 degrees South and Longitude 29.6 degrees East around Kalemie, on the west bank of Lake Tanganyika, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

29 Nov 2005 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 29, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Ugandan rebel groups, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and National Army for Liberation of Uganda (NALU), are causing mayhem in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Ugandan military has said.

The 2nd Division army spokesman, Lt. Tabaro Kiconco told Xinhua by telephone on Tuesday that the two rebel groups terrorized Congolese civilians after the Congolese army in conjunction with UN peacekeepers who started dislodging them.

"The ADF and NALU are harassing civilians in areas of Iringeti and Alubani villages in eastern Congo.

17 Nov 2005 description
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KAMPALA, Nov 17, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A total of 300 Congolese civilians have fled into the western Ugandan district of Bundibugyo since last Saturday following fresh fighting in Congo's Ituri region, local press reported on Thursday.

24 Oct 2005 description
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KIGALI, Oct 24, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame said Monday that the presidential polls in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will be significant to peace in the Great Lakes region.

29 Sep 2005 description
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KAMPALA, Sept 29, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) has deployed troops along its border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prepare for any attack from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels who crossed into Congo from Sudan.

27 Sep 2005 description
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KAMPALA, Sept 27, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Ugandan government has asked the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to arrest and hand over Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels who are allegedly seeking asylum in Congo.

26 Sep 2005 description
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LUANDA, Sept 26, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Delegations from nine regional nations met in Angolan capital Luanda on Monday to finalize documents for the Great Lakes regional summit slated for December.

23 Sep 2005 description
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KINSHASA, Sept 23, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will soon disarm Ugandan rebel forces in its territory, Defense Minister Adolphe Onusumba said Friday.

The UN Observer Mission in Congo (MONUC) will help the DRC government carry out the disarmament plan, Onusumba said.

He added that the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its Deputy Commander Vincent Otti have been listed as a terror group and terrorist by the international community.

The DRC, which is also faced with many problems, should not become a haven for illegal organizations and …

19 Sep 2005 description
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DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 19, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR is starting from next month to repatriate up to 150, 000 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugees now residing in Tanzania, according to a press release available here on Monday.

"It is expected that many of them (refugees) will voluntarily return over the coming two years," UNHCR said in its statement.

The agency, UN High Commission for Refugees or UNHCR for short, also stated that the DRC and Tanzania had agreed with UNHCR on how to relocate the returning refugees.

13 Sep 2005 description
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BEIJING, Sept 13, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- China has consistently supported and actively participated in the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations (UN), said a Chinese senior military officer here Tuesday.

Zhang Li, deputy director of the Peacekeeping Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense, told more than 60 defense attaches from 43 foreign countries that China has deployed more than 4,000 military personnel in 14 UN peacekeeping operations since 1990.

07 Sep 2005 description
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KINSHASA, Sept 6, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Foreign military groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), especially Rwandan Hutu insurgents, must leave the country before Sept. 30, UN Special representative to the DRC said on Tuesday.

William Lacy Swing, head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, read the ultimatum to the Rwandan Hutu rebels after the International Committee in Support of the Transition (CIAT), the DRC presidential office, and the country's Independent Election Committee met to discuss security issues surrounding the country's coming general …

30 Aug 2005 description
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KAMPALA, Aug 30, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has urged the United Nations Military Observer to Congo (MONUC) to cooperate with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda to eliminate the remnants of terrorists in eastern DRC, Radio Uganda reported on Tuesday.

President Museveni made the call while meeting a delegation led by head of MONUC William Swing at the State House on Monday.

Swing is a special representative of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan for the DRC.

26 Aug 2005 description
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KAMPALA, Aug 26, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have agreed on an extradition treaty for each other's terrorist suspects and other criminals in the three neighboring countries, local press reported Friday.

12 Aug 2005 description
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KAMPALA, Aug 12, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Over 200 Congolese who had crossed to Uganda fleeing heavy fighting in the eastern of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) went back home, a Ugandan military spokesman said on Friday.

The army spokesman Chris Magezi told Xinhua by telephone that the Congolese started going back home early this week.

He said that among them included 40 rebel group RCD Goma's members who crossed to Uganda last Saturday after they had been dislodged from their positions by another rebel group known as the Mai Mai.

22 Jul 2005 description
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KATHMANDU, Jul 22, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The Royal Nepal Army (RNA) on Friday said that it has penalized six of its soldiers deployed at the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Congo, for allegations of sex abuses.

19 Jul 2005 description
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BRUSSELS, Jul 19, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - The European Commission (EC) announced here on Tuesday that it decided to offer new funds to support the return of more than 400,000 refugees and displaced persons to their places of origin in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The executive of the European Union (EU) has decided to allocate 4.7 million euros (about 5.6 million US dollars) towards facilitating the repatriation and resettlement of these populations.

28 Jun 2005 description
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JOHANNESBURG, Jun 28, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- South Africa is fully prepared to take military action against Rwandan Hutu rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad said on Tuesday.

The deputy minister said that South Africa fully supported the European Union's decision to take military action if rebels persisted in disrupting the peace processes in the DRC and Burundi -- a move also supported by the United Nations and African Union.

"We are part of the Peace and Security Council (of the African Union).