Wednesday, March 23, 2005

N&T: Congo Newswire

First, go visit Carine's analysis of the new constitution in Congo, and the situation surrounding the elections, as well some polls.
Then:

On March 22, 2005
Canadian miners earn $60m in gross profits
AngolaPress Tue, 22 Mar 2005 9:41 AM PST
Lusaka, 03/22 - First Quantum Minerals Limited, a Canadian firm mining copper, cobalt and gold in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mauritania, has reported a gross profit for 2004 amounting to US$59.7 million from its operations in the three countries.

Main accused in killing of 9 peacekeepers arrested
News From Bangladesh Tue, 22 Mar 2005 10:20 AM PST
AFP, Kinshasa:A militia chief suspected of involvement in the killing of nine UN peacekeeping soldiers from Bangladesh was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo, local press said yesterday.

China, DRC to further relations between armies
People's Daily Mon, 21 Mar 2005 11:16 PM PST
China and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said Tuesday they would further enhance friendly cooperation between their militaries.

DR Congo militia chief arrested
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Tue, 22 Mar 2005 7:34 AM PST
Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have arrested several senior members of militia groups active in the north-eastern Ituri region.

DRC: Disarmament begins in Ituri, targeting 4,000 rebels
AlertNet Tue, 22 Mar 2005 4:23 AM PST
ARU (ITURI DISTRICT), 22 March (IRIN) - Some 550 former combatants surrendered their arms on Sunday and Monday in the northeastern district of Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in a disarmament effort targeting 4,000 militiamen, the largest number so far.

Stars to play a Local side in Kenya
Ghanaweb.com Tue, 22 Mar 2005 4:23 AM PST
Ratomir Dujkovic’s dream of testing the battle-readiness of his squad against a formidable force before playing Democratic Republic of Congo in a crucial world cup qualifier this weekend is likely to hit a snag.

Uíje: 107 Families From Democratic Resettled
AngolaPress Tue, 22 Mar 2005 2:10 AM PST
Uíje, Mar 22 - At least 107 Angolan families that came from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Drc) were resettled over the weekend in the northern Uije province, in the ambit of the organised repatriation process, promoted by the Social Welfare Ministry (Minars).

Congo Soldiers Arrest Notorious Warlord
ABC News Tue, 22 Mar 2005 11:12 AM PST
Soldiers Arrest Warlord Accused of Years of Atrocities in Eastern Congo

1 comment:

Carine said...

Can you imagine Louis Michel had to display a good amount of exasperation to get some action from the Congolese government. All of sudden they arrest rebels! Now we'll see if these warlords will be reinstated in the national army like the others. They're trying to resolve these things within 6 months, what were they doing during the past 2 years? Only in Congo ... I am so exasperated Ali :(

I'm taking my time to read the new constitution. Asking questions around and stuff. I'm not sure folks in Kinshasa really care they just want the elections to happen. I mean I've been asking around and the general concensus seems to be "f*** that we want the elections in june, we'll deal with the rest later"...

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