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19 Apr 2010 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): plan to withdraw peacekeeping troops

Rome, 5 April 2010 - A UN report proposed a plan for a three-year phased withdrawal the peacekeeping force, MONUC. While the Congolese government has urged the 22,000-strong UN-peacekeeping force to leave in 2011 before the next national elections.

The UN technical assessment mission concluded that an ongoing presence of the MONUC force was essential in the Kivu and Orientale provinces in the east of the country.

17 Jul 2009 description

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: KIVU CRISIS WORSENS WITH 100,000 MORE DISPLACED

On 9 July, the International Crisis Group (ICG) called for the suspension of joint UN-Congolese military action against the Rwandan rebel group, the FDLR.

30 Sep 2008 description

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1. ETHIOPIA: UN TO REPATRIATE 12,000 SUDANESE REFUGEES

On 21 September, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) announced that it would assist as many as 12,000 refugees from southern Sudan to return home next year.

In a public statement, the agency stated that nearly half of the 26,492 refugees in western Ethiopia have agreed to be repatriated to Sudan in 2009.

10 Jan 2003 description

(Extracted from JRS Dispatches No. 124)