Canada’s Banro Corp. may partner with the U.S. Agency for International Development to help regulate small-scale gold mining near its Twangiza project in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the company said.
United Nations and Congolese troops will maintain their two-day-old offensive against Rwandan rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo until they surrender, UN force commander General Carlos dos Santos Cruz said.
A ban on mining in three of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s eastern provinces failed to halt smuggling and break the link between armed groups and the mineral trade, the head of a Congolese research institute said.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s army said it’s preparing a response to the capture of Goma by rebel forces as a research group warned the fall of the city threatens the survival of President Joseph Kabila’s government.
Congolese rebels are advancing south after their capture of the eastern city of Goma two days ago, the United Nations said, as African leaders prepared to hold a summit to discuss the crisis in the region.