Ban Ki Moon Urges The DRC government And M23 to Return to Kampala for talks


4 thoughts on “Ban Ki Moon Urges The DRC government And M23 to Return to Kampala for talks

  1. The Congo has always produced unusual occurrences of every type. Traveling celebrities drop in to view aid programs and end up in sumptuous dinners hosted by ranking UN, Congo government, and foreign mission heads. The people in the urban slums and often impoverished villages struggle with the basics of life. Security really remains only for the better off and rarely reaches beyond the major cities.

    These days the long term rebellion by the Tutsi-led terrorist group, M-23, has finally been recognized by the UN as an insurgent movement capable of overrunning the entire eastern Congo. A combat brigade made up of troops from Malawi, Tanzania, and South Africa has been designated to physically counter the rebels. The question is why these countries were chosen to enter into combat rather than the traditional United Nations’ methodology of avoiding direct confrontation in favor of merely “establishing a presence.”

    To fight M-23, a force of 1,500 originally was decided as adequate. That figure has now risen to 3,000. The South Africans are clearly unhappy with the makeup of the combat force. They think they can and should handle the fighting job themselves, with the other two national entities in support. They openly object to a Tanzanian general as brigade commander and don’t much care either for the Brazilian general who is the overall military chief in Congo. This little political fracas is going on while the existing UN peacekeeping units — geared to avoid fighting if at all possible — number 19,000 and have cost $10 billion since 1999 for what is referred to in accounting terms as “overall countering of violence.”

    The combat brigade is not scheduled to be action-ready until this September. It appears no one is rushing into this offensive, including M-23, which has repeated its suggestion that peace talks should be begun again in Uganda. Only the badly disciplined, but still aggressive, regular Congolese Army wants to get at the rebels. Apparently this is a desire to avenge their earlier embarrassing defeat in being temporarily ousted by the rebels from the major city of Goma.

    It’s hard to believe that all this has been going on in the Congo in one form or another since July 1960. There is a lesson here that no one seems to have learned!

  2. La BI est la seule espoir de Kabila. L’echec de cette brigade donnera au M23 la chance de survie car Kabila veut, coute que coute la geurre par cette fameuse brigade.

  3. L’appelle de Ba Ki Moon arrive trop tard. Ce n’est pas la RDC qui négociera alors qu’elle se dit diplomatiquement victorieuse. La diplomatie américaine a déjà poignardé l’espoir du M23 de participer à la construction d’un état congolais viable. Le HRW a déjà empoisonné le moral de la ré-fraternisation des congolais sur des bases de l’éthique citoyenne. Kampala est fini, Kabila veut la guerre, et rien que la guerre. Il se dit avoir tous les atouts de la gagner. Mais il se trompe.
    A bon entendeur salut.
    A bientôt.

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