Posted by: africanpressorganization | 26 November 2008

Democratic Republic of Congo / No major security incidents




Democratic Republic of Congo / No major security incidents


KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) November 26, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general



There were no major security incidents in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo or elsewhere in the country, according to the United Nations Mission there (MONUC).  The region around Goma remains tense, and United Nations peacekeepers continue daily and nightly patrols of strategic areas. 


Humanitarian agencies, meanwhile, are about to start a major transfer of internally displaced civilians from the Kibati camps to more secure sites away from rebel or Government lines.  The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says the voluntary relocation drive will focus on vulnerable persons, children, the sick and the elderly.  They will be relocated to four existing camps on the outskirts of Goma where shelter and sanitation and other services are already available.  The transfer could affect as many as 30,000 people, and the final decision on its active implementation is expected this afternoon.


And yesterday afternoon here at Headquarters, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Olusegun Obasanjo, told reporters that he will be returning to the region this weekend to resume talks with the Congolese Government, the CNDP [Congrès national pour la défense du people] rebel group and other key actors.  He is expected to visit Kinshasa on Saturday and Goma on Sunday, with other regional stops along the way.



SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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