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DR Congo seizes 375 kilos of coltan bound for Rwanda: minister
Sunday, September 29th 2013
AFP – 21 hours ago
Customs officers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have seized 375 kilogrammes of coltan, a precious mineral used in electronics, en route to Rwanda, an official said Saturday.
The seizure was made Thursday at the "Great Barrier" border crossing, the minister of mines in North Kivu province, Jean Ruyange, told AFP.
Officers stopped a jeep headed towards Gisenyi, across the border in Rwanda, because their suspicions were raised on seeing that the tyres were depressed even though no cargo was visible.
The following day "they noticed unusual work around the chassis, removed a metal plate and found a quantity of coltan, around 375 kilos (825 pounds)," Ruyange added.
The metallic ore is used in electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops.
Ruyange said the driver was taken away for questioning and an investigation was under way to determine the origin of the ore and whether other shipments have already crossed the border.
The minister lamented "fraudsters (who) develop sinister ways to distract our units."
"We have had a lot of cases where they empty the tank, fill it with minerals and devise another fueling system."
The DR Cong has large reserves of oil, copper, gold and diamonds as well as coltan.
On several occasions, Kinshasa has accused Rwanda of supporting rebels of the March 23 Movement (M23), active in North Kivu since May 2012, and financed with the support of Congolese minerals. Kigali has always denied supporting the armed group.
In November 2011, Rwanda returned to the DR Congo more than 80 tonnes of cassiterite, coltan and wolframite that had been smuggled out of North Kivu.
PR Newswire (New York)
Congo-Kinshasa: EU Missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Extended23 September 2013
EUPOL RD Congo helps the Congolese authorities to implement security sector reform in the fields of policing and its interaction with the justice system. It has 40 international staff from both the civilian and police sectors and Chief Superintendent Jean-Paul Rikir (Belgium) has been Head of Mission since October 2010. For the period from 1 October 2013 until 30 September 2014, the Council has allocated a budget of € 6.3 million to the mission.
EUSEC RD Congo provides advice and assistance to the Congolese authorities in charge of the defence apparatus while ensuring the promotion of policies that are compatible with human rights and the rule of law, as well as the principles of good governance and transparency. It has approximately 40 international staff from 14 member states. Since October 2012, Colonel Jean-Louis Nurenberg (Luxembourg) has led the mission. The Council has also provided a budget of € 8.5 million for the period from 1 October 2013 until 30 September 2014.
The two Common Security and Defence Policy missions are part of the overall EU engagement with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In July 2013, the Council adopted conclusions recognising that security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo remains of strategic importance. In this context, the EU will support the Democratic Republic of Congo in building on the achievements of EUPOL and EUSEC to ensure that the process of lasting stabilisation will continue after the closure of the missions.
SOURCE Council of the European Union
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