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Passed Senate without amendment (11/20/2008)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Condemns the continuing violence, forcible recruitment of children as soldiers, and abuses against civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Calls on the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to end the threat posed by the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda.

Calls on the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda to restore bilateral relations and work together to mitigate regional tensions.

Calls on all governments in the Great Lakes region of Africa and those of the Southern African Development Community to support a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Supports U.N. peace efforts.

Urges the President to sustain high-level diplomatic engagement together with the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), and the United Nations to avert a regional war and revive a comprehensive peace process in eastern Congo.

Urges the United States and the international community to support monitoring and verification mechanisms in Congo.

Urges the President and the international community to help regional governments address the factors underlying the conflict in eastern Congo.