Clarify Your Political Solutions, North-Kivu Governor Julien Paluku Tells UN Special Envoy Mary Robinson

The UN Special Envoy, former Irish President Mary Robinson, visited Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since Sunday September 1, 2013. On Monday September 2, 2013, she was in Goma in Eastern DRC, where she was received by Julien Paluku Kahonghya, the Governor of North Kivu. She invited the M23 to stop violence and disarm….

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US Special Representative to Great Lakes Asks Rwandan Government to End Support to M23 Congolese Rebels

“We’ve seen a credible body of reporting that the Rwandan government has been supportive of the M23.  That has to stop.  We also are concerned about any support given by any other government for the FDLR… So it’s not just one side. We are telling all sides that you must stop support for these armed…

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M23 Rebels Licking Their Wounds, UN Undersecretary Herve Landsous Tells The Press

“M23 Rebels have suffered heavy casualties;  they  were pushed back and are,  presumably,  licking their wounds … no surprise that they have pushed for negotiations with the DRC Government,” Mr. Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations told the press during the daily press briefing in New York City, on September 12, 2013. Mr Herve Ladsous also…

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The Problem in Eastern DRC is Rwandan and Ugandan Governments, Says Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders

“We need all countries, all the 11,  to participate positively to the implementation of the Addis-Abeba Agreement [Framework for Peace, Securiy and Development]. And, let us be clear, we need to see Ugandan and Rwandan governments’ willingness to participate to the solution, and not to be part of the problem,” Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Didier…

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UN Security Council on Great Lakes: Rwanda Subdued, Tanzania Maintains Stand, Threatens to Deal With Enemies Like It Did With Idi Amin

“Allow me also to thank … Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Mary Robinson for [her] valued contributions and briefings.” “we[Rwanda] urge the UN’s Special Envoy, Mary Robinson, to play an active part in seeing through the Kampala talks without much further delay. Her engagement would be a welcome and helpful contribution….

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US Special Representative for the African Great Lakes region To Focus on M23 Rebels and Rwandan Government Negotiation with Moderate Armed Opposition

On Tuesday June 18, 2013,  US Secretary of State John Kerry appointed  his former colleague at the United States Senate Russell “Russ” Feingold as the  new United States Special Representative for the African Great Lakes region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  A tireless advocate of peace in the African Great Lakes region…

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Peace in Great Lakes Region Needs Active Role Of Women, UN Envoy Tells UN Security Council

“I Intend to mobilize the women of the [African] Great Lakes Region countries to play an active role of the PSC [Peace Security and Cooperation] Framework,” UN Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Ms Mary Robinson told the United Nations Security Council this Monday May 6, 2013. Ms Mary Robinson made the statement while briefing…

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M23 Rebels Leaders Ready To Disarm Their Troops; Ask The Same For FDLR and For The Return of Refugees.

M23 Rebels Commander,  General Sultani Makenga,  and President, Bertrand Bisimwa,  met the press on September 8, 2013 at their headquarter in the border town of Bunagana.  During the press briefing, the two leaders said that they are ready to disarm their troops under two conditions: the resolution of the FDLR problem and the return of…

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Rwandan Security Operatives Target Opposition and Critics in DIaspora

Photo: Tom Ndahiro The Rwandan Government, led by a small minority within the Tutsis ethnics has unleashed a campaign of harassment, attacks on its critics and opposition leaders in the diaspora. The attacks include media saturation, meetings, and security operatives to target opposition.The campaign follows attempts to act on a hitlist by Rwandan Intelligence services…

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