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Weekly News Brief, 5.26.10 – 6.3.10

In this week’s issue: More clashes are reported in South Darfur; a splinter group of Burma’s NLD registered for the elections; MONUC will transition to MONUSCO in July with a greater focus on civilian protections

The Week That Was, May 26 to June 2, 2010, compiled by Joshua Kennedy of GI-Net and the STAND E-team.

  • The UN group of experts monitoring sanctions on North Korea believes that North Korea is exporting nuclear and ballistic missile technology to Burma.  
  • Leaders of the splinter political group of Burma’s National League for Democracy registered their party at the Election Commission office in Naypyidaw on Thursday, claiming they were gathering increasing support across the country.
    Senator Jim Webb will once again meet with junta officials, less than one month after the visit of Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell.  There is speculation that the junta will use the opportunity to release political prisoners as a symbol of concessions to the international community before the elections take place.
  • The EU and ASEAN called on Burma’s rulers to ensure that this year’s planned election is “credible, transparent, democratic and inclusive” in a joint statement released on Wednesday.
Democratic Republic of Congo
  • The Group of Experts on the DR Congo released a new interim report on the conflict in the country. In the report, the experts charge that former CNDP rebels exercise de facto control of North Kivu and parts of South Kivu. The report also claims that while the FDLR is still recruiting, its operations have been disrupted by the recent Amani Leo and Kimia II operations. The Group also stated that it believes that nearly all mining deposits in North and South Kivu were under the control of an armed faction, including the CNDP, the FLDR, FARDC subunits and Mai Mai militia.
  • The MONUC peacekeeping mission will transition to the MONUSCO peacekeeping mission on July 1, 2010. The new mission will include a greater focus on civilian protection and may include a force reduction of nearly 2,000 troops.


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