Kenya hosts DR Congo crisis talks

Heads of state and mediators have gathered in Nairobi to revive peace efforts in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the collapse of a truce and displacement of thousands by fighting.

One of the main goals of the meeting in the Kenyan capital is to restart dialogue between Joseph Kabila, the Congolese president, and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame, reproted Aljazeera.

The emergency summit begins on Friday, a day after Congolese rebel forces captured another town in Nord-Kivu province and amid warnings by rights groups of civilian killings.

Human Rights Watch said on Thursday that both forces of rebel commander Laurent Nkunda and a pro-government militia had killed at least 20 civilians in recent fighting.

Attending the Nairobi summit will be Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief; the presidents of the DRC, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi; and Olusegun Obasanjo, the UN's newly appointed envoy to the DRC and former Nigerian president.

Thousands of civilians have fled fighting in eastern Congo despite an official ceasefire.

Civilians escaping clashes said the attacks had been started by pro-government Mai-Mai militia members.

The bodies of adult males - five in a single room - bore marks of being hit by rockets or grenades.

There were no indications that the dead men had been fighters and some were reported as wearing work overalls.

The unrest has raised fears of further fighting.

Rutshuru, a town close to Kiwanja, was seized last week by Nkunda's Tutsi fighters, who are fighting Congolese government forces.

Hundreds of civilians have taken shelter at a ruined primary school close to a UN peacekeepers' camp. Smoke rose from nearby.

Forces loyal to Nkunda were reported to have driven Mai-Mai members out of Kiwanja on Wednesday, causing residents to flee.

UN peacekeepers said they had launched an operation around the town, to try to halt the fighting.

They also said they would secure the release of a Belgian journalist working for a German newspaper, who UN said had been seized by the Mai-Mai.

The Nord-Kivu government army commander blamed the militia for the clashes and said his own forces would respect the ceasefire.

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow, reporting from the DR Congo, said the newly appointed Congolese prime minister intimated the government was ready to listen to "Nkunda and other dissident groups".

"The announcement that the government is ready to talk peace with Nkunda will come as a relief to the more than 600,000 residents [of Goma]. With rebels just 12km away, the city is virtually under siege and there are already shortages of food and medical supplies," he said.

On Wednesday, Nkunda said he was upholding the ceasefire he declared last week after halting his forces' advance towards Goma, where aid agencies are struggling to help some of an estimated million refugees displaced by two years of conflict in Nord-Kivu.

"It's still being maintained," Nkunda told Reuters by telephone from his hilltop headquarters in North Kivu.

Arthur Kepel, an analyst with the International Crisis Group in Congo's capital, Kinshasa, told Al Jazeera that it was "very significant" that the goverment is willing to enter talks with the rebels.

"It is only through dialogue that the ceasefire can be implemented ... it is really the answer if one has to stop this crisis," he said.

The conflict in eastern Congo, which persists years after the end of a wider 1998-2003 war, is fuelled by ethnic hatred left over from Rwanda's 1994 genocide.

Nkunda claims the Congolese government has not protected ethnic Tutsis from the Rwandan Hutu militia that escaped to Congo after helping slaughter a half-million Rwandan Tutsis.

Nkunda, who defected from the army in 2004, now says he is fighting to liberate all of Congo from a corrupt government.

He went on the offensive on August 28 and brought his fighters to the edge of Goma last week before declaring a unilateral ceasefire.

Azerbaijan, Russia enhancing bilateral co-op on innovative dev't, digital economy
Azerbaijan, Russia enhancing bilateral co-op on innovative dev't, digital economy
EAEU reveals export of Turkmen vehicles
EAEU reveals export of Turkmen vehicles
Turkey raised wood, furniture exports to Russia - Trade Ministry
Turkey raised wood, furniture exports to Russia - Trade Ministry
Loading Bars
Latest
Georgia implementing new project to provide remote villages with internet
Actual revenues to Azerbaijan's budget from State Customs Service top forecast
SOCAR details plans for expanding gas distribution network in Georgia
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale October 24
Compound feed producing plant to be commissioned in Almaty
Most Azerbaijani monuments in occupied territories Armenianized or destroyed
Georgia reveals TOP 5 banks with highest interest on loans
Uzbekistan reveals growth rate of investments spent in fixed assets for 9M2020
China's import of jewelry, precious stones from Turkey slumps
EU leaders to hold COVID-19 video-conference October 29
Iran's Persian Gulf Star Oil Company boosts its exports
Turkey increases export of jewelry to US - Ministry of Trade
Transfers by Azerbaijan's State Oil Fund to state budget for 9M2020 revealed
Union of Importers of Oil Products of Georgia talks adoption of new standard for diesel fuel
Subsidies for agriculture dev't allocated in Kazakhstan's Almaty region
Price of mobile internet down in Georgia
Data on sales in foreign currency at Turkmenistan’s exchange in September
Bahar Azadi gold coin price continues to fall in Iran
Fitch Ratings notes Georgia’s ability to comfortably meet its funding needs
Volume of paid salaries decreases in Georgia
Germany's 9M2020 import of Turkish jewelry shrinks
President Ilham Aliyev interviewed by Japan’s Nikkei newspaper (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Russia enhancing bilateral co-op on innovative dev't, digital economy
Uzbekistan resumes flights to UAE's Sharjah
Eni sets timeframe for wind farm construction in Kazakhstan
Azerbaijan itself implementing UN Security Council resolutions
Azerbaijan reveals state budget revenues, expenditures for 9M2020
Students of Baku Higher Oil School donate their scholarship allowances to Armed Forces Assistance Fund
Amount of investments made to launch of enterprises in Iran increases
Uzbekistan suspends gold export
Khazar Consortium opens tender for purchase of fire-fighting equipment
Georgia's import of tubes, pipes, hollow profiles from Turkey up
Three more UAVs of Armenia destroyed
Ambassador of Mexico met with Executive Director of SOFAZ
Russian entrepreneurs, well-known arm dealers involved in arming Armenia - President Aliyev
Uzbekistan considers state budget for 2021 taking into account COVID-19
Exports of knitwear from Georgia to Turkey down
Armenia creating suicide squads consisting of prisoners sentenced to death
UAE increases exports to Kazakhstan amid COVID-19
Chevron expresses will for further co-op with Kazakhstan in energy sector
Azerbaijani agency joins int'l public-private partnership association
Azerbaijani, Russian FMs meet
Exports of furniture, wood from Turkey to Turkmenistan increased
Nasdaq profit surges 76% on non-trading business strength
Georgian air company Air Georgia implements new project with United Arab Emirates
Weighted average rental rates reduce on Georgian main high streets
Azerbaijan's victory in Karabakh conflict beneficial to all parties, Russian expert says
Azerbaijan to build power supply stations in deoccupied districts
Geostat reveals volume of ferroalloys exported by Georgia to Turkey
EAEU reveals export of Turkmen vehicles
Georgia sees increase in export of flours, meals, pellets to Turkey
Operating performance of financial institutions improves in Georgia
Georgia reduces import of medicaments from Turkey
Wood, furniture exports from Turkey to Ukraine decline
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for October 21
We drove Armenian army out of our lands so fast that they fling up their heels - President Aliyev
Azerbaijan confirms 176 more COVID-19 recoveries
Military equipment abandoned by Armenian army on battlefield (PHOTO / VIDEO)
President Ilham Aliyev on possibility of observers introduction
At the last moment Armenian refused to return Kalbajar and Lachin, says president of Azerbaijan
Iran restarts extraction from Sulabdar oil field
Azerbaijan reaffirms position on Lachin corridor which is part of fundamental principles - President Aliyev
President Aliyev says no country helping Azerbaijan in fight with Armenia
If Armenian side says it is ready to withdraw troops from occupied territories, issue of so-called observers can be considered - President Aliyev
Azerbaijan wants peace, also territories that rightfully belong to it - President Aliyev
Full responsibility for what is happening now lies squarely with Pashinyan, says Azerbaijani president
We are offered to make concession to Armenia, unilateral concession, while nothing being offered in return - President Aliyev
Azerbaijan ready to suspend military operations, resolve issue at negotiating table - President Aliyev
Armenia’s terrorist authorities must be punished – Azerbaijani MP (VIDEO)
Georgia, UK aim to strengthen business and commercial ties
Volume of market services in Uzbekistan’s transport sector remains predominant despite decrease
Azerbaijan to issue support for children who lost parents after Armenia's Ganja attack (PHOTO)
Turkey raised wood, furniture exports to Russia - Trade Ministry
Heads of Christian religious communities of Azerbaijan protest against draft resolution submitted to US Congress
TANAP named Project of the Year by US-based PMI
Eni Turkmenistan Limited opens tender related to data transmission services
Tajikistan's import of Turkish furniture down
Demand for Azerbaijani CBA's short-term notes exceeds supply
Value of goods exported from Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province revealed
Turkic Council condemns Armenia's attacks on populated areas, civilians in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani ASB Bank's 3Q2020 assets down
Turkmen company considers opening production facility in Kazakhstan
Armenian aggression against innocents in Azerbaijan - condemnable offense, says Pakistani expert
Turkey's wood, furniture exports to Pakistan edge lower
Kazakhstan increases imports from Switzerland
Azerbaijan destroys another Armenian UAV - Defense Ministry
Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General's Office warns foreign citizens (VIDEO)
Georgia announces its plan about Tskaltubo spa resort
Azerbaijan reveals data on airfreight operations for 9M2020
"Together we are POWER": ENGINET supports injured children in Ganja city (FOTO)
Precious metal prices in Azerbaijan rising
Volume of gas pumped into Serajeh gas storage facility in Iran soars
Azerbaijan's railway cargo transportation down within 9M2020
Value of wood, furniture exports from Turkey to Uzbekistan down
Hungary reiterates its support for Azerbaijan's territorial integrity
Kazakh coal extracting venture opens tender to buy electricity generating unit
Kazakhstan’s Oil Construction Company to buy pipes via tender
Tashkent Stock Exchange's trade volume increases
State Commercial Bank of Turkmenistan holds another campaign to increase cashback
Сontracted capacity of Enagas storage facilities reach 100% of available supply
All news