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M23 Rebels in Congo
Four African countries tasked to form Congo intervention force
By RISDEL KASASIRA
Posted Monday, September 10 2012 at 08:33
The International Conference for Great Lakes Region meeting in Kampala chaired by President Museveni resolved on Saturday that the four countries should make a joint presentation to the AU Peace and Security Commission for approval of the force deployment within three months.
The formation and deployment of the AU force is an indictment of the UN mission in DR Congo, which has been blamed by Rwanda for not doing enough to end the conflict despite an annual budget of $1 billion.
Uganda and Rwanda, whose border security is threatened by rebel groups operating in eastern DR Congo, will not be part of the AU force.
Earlier in the week, there were reports that the DR Congo was uncomfortable with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi being part of the force because of the suspicion arising from the troubled historical relations between Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. But Defence minister Crispus Kiyonga denied the reports.
Rwandan and Ugandan forces fought to overthrow the Congolese government in early 2000 before fighting each other in 2001.
The State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Henry Okello Oryem, said Uganda was busy with Somalia under Amisom and could not commit forces for the new mission.
According to sources, President Museveni is said to have told the meeting that Ugandan troops understand the Congolese terrain and would have helped but he said they were busy with the AU mission in Somalia
Fighting between M23 and the Congolese government has displaced hundreds of thousands of refugees in the North Kivu region.
M23 fighters mutinied against Congolese forces in April 2012, accusing the Kinshasa government of neglect, four years after signing a pact with the government of Preisdent Joseph Kabila to lay down their arms. They are formerly part of National Congress for Defence of People (CNDP) under Gen. Laurent Nkunda who was reportedly placed under house arrest in Rwanda in 2009.
The proposed force is to fight rebel groups like the anti-Kigali Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and others.
Tanzania was the only country that committed troops for the mission during the two-day summit that sat at the Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo. “….express appreciation to the United Republic of Tanzania for its offer to contribute troops to the neutral international force and call upon other member states to make the same commitment within one month,” the joint communiqué issued after the summit said.
The summit appealed to the international partners and regional governments for support. “We request the chairman of the ICGLR to formerly request African States, regional and International partners to provide financial, logistical and technical support for the operationalisation of the neutral international force,” the statement
US blocking UN report on Ntaganda rebels, Human Rights Watch sayshttp://www.congoplanet.com/news/1979/united-states-blocking-un-report-on-bosco-ntaganda-rebels-in-eastern-congo.jsp
BBC News - June 21, 2012
The US is covering up information about rebels led by a man wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Watch has said.
The global watchdog says Washington is blocking publication of a UN inquiry into rebels led by Bosco Ntaganda in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwanda has denied the allegations.
The US has denied blocking the report. But it has now been several days since the report by the UN's "Group of Experts" was expected to be published.
The row concerns a rebel group led by Gen Ntaganda, known as "Terminator" and other former officers in the Congolese army. They rebelled from the army and, with their men, now hold territory in parts of DR Congo close to the Rwandan border.
Tens of thousands of people have been made homeless by their recent actions and related military moves by other armed groups.
Most armed groups in eastern DR Congo operate rackets under which they extract precious minerals or "tax" the local population.
The Group of Experts has compiled a report on their activities. This is a long-term investigation into how UN arms sanctions against rebels in DR Congo are respected - or not.
According to sources familiar with the Group of Experts latest report, it contains details of the transfer of weapons from Rwanda to the rebels. There are also reported to be details on how Gen Ntaganda and his allies travel to and from Rwanda in violation of the sanctions.
But Human Rights Watch said the US had used its influence to resist publishing the report's findings.
"The US and other Security Council members should do everything they can," Human Rights Watch said, "to expose violations of UN sanctions, including by Rwanda, and not attempt to cover them up."
Rwanda has strongly rejected allegations that it backs the rebels led by Gen Ntaganda.
The government in Kigali says the main problem in DR Congo is the existence of another armed group which includes people who took part in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and then fled to DR Congo. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda repeated this concern at a press conference this week.
The 1994 genocide and its military fallout changed a whole range of strategic relationships in central Africa and is a key to understanding the current row.
Some 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered by radical Hutu groups. The mass killings of that year were only stopped when Mr Kagame's Tutsi-led army conquered the country.
Some of the policies of the United States and other Western nations towards Rwanda are driven by the guilt they feel for not having stopped the genocide.
Mr Kagame understandably rarely misses a chance to point out that the United Nations and some of its powerful member states failed to help stop the mass killings of his countrymen.
They therefore have no right, he says forcefully at any forum, to preach to him about DR Congo or anything else.
This highly charged background means that whatever happens next to the Experts' report will probably be controversial to one or other of the parties involved.