News / Africa

Regional Leaders to Discuss DRC Troop Deployment

A picture taken on June 3, 2012 shows rebels of the mutinous armed force known as M23 patrolling on the hill of Kavumu in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).A picture taken on June 3, 2012 shows rebels of the mutinous armed force known as M23 patrolling on the hill of Kavumu in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
x
A picture taken on June 3, 2012 shows rebels of the mutinous armed force known as M23 patrolling on the hill of Kavumu in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
A picture taken on June 3, 2012 shows rebels of the mutinous armed force known as M23 patrolling on the hill of Kavumu in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
James Butty
Leaders from 11 countries who make up the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region are expected to meet Monday in Kampala to discuss a new plan to deploy an international force in Democratic Republic of Congo to expel fighters there.

Rwanda and Uganda, two countries accused of involvement in eastern Congo, are expected to attend the meeting. 

The United Nations has accused Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebels, a charge Rwanda denies.  

Also Monday, UN undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, begins a three-day trip to the DRC to assess the humanitarian situation in the country’s east.  

Congo’s Information Minister, Lambert Mende, said Rwandan and Ugandan soldiers are not expected to be part of the proposed force.

“It is an international force.  It must go beyond the region.  It is a neutral force, that is to say that neither Congo nor Rwanda can be part of this force, or any other country that can be suspected of not being neutral in this very, very long conflict,” he said.

Uganda denies its forces are helping rebels in the DRC.  It reportedly said some Congolese rebels are wearing Ugandan army uniforms.

Mende said his government has received information of Ugandan involvement in DRC, but said the allegation is still under investigation.

Butty interview with Mende
Butty interview with Mendei
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

“We have received such information; we have shared it with our partners of the Ugandan government, and, of course we are still investigating.  They have denied [the allegation] and, of course, we have not yet come to the conclusion of our investigation,” Mende said.

He said his government would appeal to U.N. undersecretary- general for humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, who, according to reports, begins a three-day trip to the DRC Monday, to increase humanitarian assistance to the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the fighting.

 “We are waiting for her in Kinshasa, as well as in Goma, where hundreds of thousands of people are really starving, are living under very poor conditions due to that war that is being imposed again on the Democratic Republic of Congo.  We are waiting for her to increase assistance to those people,” he said.

Mende said his government will also point out to Amos human rights violations that are being carried out by M23 rebels.

“We have a lot of criminal record about the M23 or the so-called mutiny of M23.  But, we know that they are proxy forces of somebody in Rwanda to continue looting our country,” he said.

You May Like

India PM Modi's Party Distances Itself From Religious Conversions

BJP under fire for being slow to rein in hardline affiliate groups allegedly trying to promote Hindu-dominant agenda by luring Muslims and Christians to convert More

Anti-Whaling Group Found in Contempt of Court

Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers in the waters off Antarctica continue their campaign to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt More

UN's Ban Urges End to Discrimination Against Ebola Workers

Ban was speaking in Guinea on the second day of a whistle-stop tour aimed at thanking healthcare workers of the countries at the heart of the epidemic More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Mokili ngonga from: DRC
August 07, 2012 7:08 AM
Major problem of Democratic Republic of Congo is the presence of a so called president Joseph KABILA. He is the responsable of all troubles in our country. we do not want him. Even if meeting takes place of DRC is concerned, we do not think we will get peace and security. First step is to ask to joseph to step out power and then things are going well.


by: SNabende from: Uganda
August 06, 2012 11:18 AM
It is one thing to deny allegations or findings of professional research teams but it is another thing to observe facts on the ground. Even thieves caught in the act want to be taken to court for pproof before sentencing.
In 1981 Paul Kagame as a refugee in Uganda took up arms with Museveni to fight his host government. In 1986 they took power in Uganda and shared military honours Kagame became a general in UPDF before descending on his homeland Rwanda in 1990. 1994 after a genocide Kagame completely breaks off from Museveni and takes over Rwanda.
Kagame fought with Nkunda and Ntaganda in Rwanda but after overunning Kigali the other two extended the war, started in Uganda in 1981 to DRC. This war is still raging and si subject os current talks.
The worst mistake anyone could ever make is include Rwanda and Uganda in any force to solve DRC problems.
Already Uganda lost a case in ICJ over DRC military involvement.
The world needs to tread carefully with sober minds and avoid falling prey to Kagame and Museveni's now familiar cunning.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubansi
X
Sharon Behn
December 19, 2014 9:34 PM
For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video US Decision on Cuba Underscores Divisions Among Miami Cubans

For decades, older, more conservative Cubans have been gathering at Café Versailles on the corner of Calle Ocho to eat Cuban food and talk politics. After hearing of President Barack Obama’s decision, a number of them gathered in front of the café with posters to protest. VOA's Sharon Behn reports on the situation.
Video

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
Video

Video Cuba Deal is Major Victory for Pope’s Diplomatic Initiatives

Pope Francis played a key role in brokering the US-Cuba deal that was made public earlier this week. It is the most stunning success so far in a series of peacemaking efforts by the pontiff. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.

All About America

AppleAndroid