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18 Mar 2008 description
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KINSHASA, Mar 18, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The trial of former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)'s rebel leader Thomas Lubanga will start on June 23 at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, according to reports.

A statement issued Monday by the ICC said the case will be the first for this court, which was set up in 2002 and mandated to try war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Lubanga, 46, will be charged with "abducting children under the age of 16," and forcing them to participate in attacks by the armed wing of his political Union of …

16 Mar 2008 description
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KINSHASA, Mar 16, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Government forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are prepared to disarm Rwandan rebels on its soil in a few weeks, a top DRC military official said Sunday.

Dieudonne Kayembe, the DRC Armed Forces Chief-of-Staff, said the Congolese army is poised to take action in the provinces of South Kivu and North Kivu, to force members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) to give up their arms.

Kayembe said in the eastern city of Goma that the DRC will unwaveringly implement November's Joint Nairobi …

12 Mar 2008 description
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BEIJING, Mar 12, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A group of 100 Chinese peacekeepers dispatched to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) returned home on Wednesday.

The peacekeepers, consisting of 80 engineers and 20 medical staff, belonged to a group of 218 peacekeepers, the seventh batch of Chinese that had been dispatched to the DR Congo in June 2007.

The other 118 peacekeepers returned home on March 1.

08 Mar 2008 description
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KINSHASA, Mar 8, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Alan Doss, United Nations special representative to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has welcomed the decision by renegade Tutsi General Laurent Nkunda to return to the peace process in the east of the country.

"This is very good sign for the ongoing peace process in the North-Kivu Province," the UN envoy said in Kinshasa Friday in reference to the announcement of the return of the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), Nkunda's movement, to a ceasefire commission monitoring a shaky peace deal that was …

05 Mar 2008 description
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KINSHASA, Mar 5, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations Peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), has said in a statement here Tuesday that it has beefed up military and police presence in the troubled western province of Bas-Congo, following rising tensions between the adherents of Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) and the DRC national police.

The MONUC is calling for the resolution of this crisis through dialogue to prevent the shedding of blood and to protect the populations against violent acts and military reprisals, according to the statement issued …

07 Feb 2008 description
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KINSHASA, Feb 7, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The civil society in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has slammed the Nairobi agreement for granting DRC nationality to Rwandese Hutus, who have refused to return to Rwanda since 1994 genocide.

Speaking on Top Congo radio Wednesday, Kibiswa Nopes, national chairman of civil society organizations, said that granting DRC citizenship to Rwandese Hutus, who include former Interahamwe fighters accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide, is to try to sustain the existing tension between the DRC and Rwanda.

According to Kibiswa, these …

06 Dec 2007 description
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KINSHASA, Dec 6, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, Thursday expressed his determination to re-establish peace and security in the east of the country where government troops and rebels were still involved in fighting.

"Out of the 145 territories in the country, Rutshuru and Masisi, in North Kivu Province, are the only places where tensions remained high," President Kabila said.

Kabila, who was marking the first anniversary since he won a historical election to become president, lambasted renegade Tutsi general …

03 Dec 2007 description
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MAPUTO, Dec 3, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Marratane refugee camp in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula is receiving a growing number of refugees mostly from countries in the Great Lakes region, local media AIM reported on Monday.

Statistics from the Nampula delegation of the National Refugee Support Institute (INAR) show that there have lately been about 62 applications for refugee status a month, compared with about 40 a month last year.

22 Nov 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Nov 22, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations on Thursday resumed repatriating refugees from Zambia to Moba, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), nearly four months after riots broke out in the DRC border town.

"Today's resumption is a result of the progressive amelioration of the political and security situation in Moba, and willingness expressed by the Congolese refugees in Zambia to return to their country of origin," the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement.

29 Oct 2007 description
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NAIROBI, Oct 29, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Sudanese and Somali refugees in camps in Kenya will benefit from 144 million dollars donated by U. S. towards the victims of violent conflicts and natural disasters, U.N.

26 Oct 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Oct 26, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- About 500 Congolese refugees living in Zambia have been repatriated to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through a border town in Northern Province, Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) reported on Friday.

26 Oct 2007 description
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KAMPALA, Oct 26, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said the number of Congolese fleeing the latest round of fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into Uganda is likely to increase if fighting between government forces and a renegade group persists.

Keith McKenzie, UNICEF Country Representatives told reporters here on Friday that if the fighting between the government forces and renegade forces of Gen.

02 Oct 2007 description
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LUANDA, Oct 2, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Over 400,000 Angolan refugees living in the neighboring countries have returned home since the civil war ended in 2002 in the country, Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Tuesday.

Angola's Social Welfare Minister Joao Baptista Kussumua was quoted as saying that these former refugees are now leading a normal life through the government's program aimed at rebuilding their lives.

20 Sep 2007 description
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KINSHASA, Sept 20, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Joseph Kabila has urged the Nkunda rebel fighters in the eastern region to disarm unconditionally and rejoin the government army, a UN radio stationed here reported Thursday.

While visiting the violence-plagued north Kivu province on Wednesday, Kabila said the rebels could choose between rejoining the army or "severe punishment."

Nkunda, a former DRC officer, first led a revolt in 2004, saying that he was fighting to protect his Tutsi people in eastern DRC against unfair …

18 Sep 2007 description
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KINSHASA, Sept 18, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called on military experts from around the world to propose ways of transforming its army into a modern-day security force.

14 Sep 2007 description
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KINSHASA, Sept 14, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Three mass graves have been discovered in an area where fighters loyal to Laurent Nkunda, a renegade general in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have been engaged in fighting with government forces and rebel groups.

"At the moment, we do not know the exact number of victims but there are a large number of people buried in the three graves," Sylvie van den Wildenberg, spokeswoman for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), was quoted as saying on Thursday on the Top Congo radio.

It would be …

11 Sep 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Sept 11, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The number of the refugees of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be repatriated from Zambia has been reduced to 12,000 this year from the initial 20,000 due to the constraints encountered, according to a joint communiqu of the third tripartite commission meeting on the voluntary repatriation of refugees from DRC living in Zambia.

The communiqu issued here Tuesday night at the end of the two- day third tripartite commission meeting did not go into detail on the constraints.

11 Sep 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Sept 11, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Zambia said the planned repatriation of over 20,000 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugees has been postponed due to the delay in receiving funds, Times of Zambia said on Tuesday.

Ministry of Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Peter Mumba said the recent riot at the southern DRC town of Moba is another reason for the suspension of the continued return of refugees to their country.

The senior official, however, said since calm had now returned to Moba, he was optimistic that the repatriation program would resume soon.

On August 1, …

10 Sep 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Sept 10, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Zambia has urged the international community to remain focused on addressing root causes of refugee problem to prevent further displacements or return movements following the repatriation of refugees.

At the third tripartite commission meeting for the voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees from Zambia, Peter Mumba, Zambian permanent secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs appealed to the international community to continue supporting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the area of peace and security so as to build confidence in …

31 Aug 2007 description
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KINSHASA, Aug 31, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda is in the process of amassing soldiers backed by heavy armored military equipment along its common border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to an administrative official in Mahagi district in the eastern DRC's region of Ituri in Oriental province.

The official was quoted Thursday as saying Ugandan troops movement has been observed notably in the Congolese village of Koboro in Aru district, and in Rukwija district along the shores of Lake Albert.

DRC's armed forces (FARDC)'s operations commanding …