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Congo Rebellion: Military Leaders Face UN Sanctions


case geneva; font-size: small;”>Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala, unhealthy which holds the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of October, information pills said in a presidential statement on Friday evening that he “welcomes the support provided by MONUSCO to the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM) and encourages, in coordination with ICGLR members, the participation of MONUSCO, as appropriate and within the limits of its capacities and mandate, in the activities of the EJVM and the reporting on any flow of arms and related materiel across borders of eastern DRC.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recently called for “clarity on the concept and operational modalities” of a joint regional force, adding, “its coordination with MONUSCO will be important.

“The United Nations, through MONUSCO, is supporting the work of the JVM and of the Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre in Goma, and strongly encourages close cooperation between the partners for their full and effective implementation,” Mr Ban said.

Uganda and Rwanda have in the past accused MONUSCO, the UN peacekeeping force of “virtually doing nothing” to bring about peace in the region.

“The international community asked Rwanda to help arrest Bosco Ntaganda. The question that should be is: how can this not be done with 1.2 billion dollar force?” wondered Kagame, referring to MONUSCO.

“Are we expecting anything different from a force that has not delivered in past 13 years?” Kagame further asked at a recent function in Rwanda.

Speaking to international media at his office in Urugwiro Village early this year, Rwanda President Paul Kagame expressed disappointment over the international community’s failure to address the Congo crisis and forcing Rwanda to shoulder all the war-riddled country’s problems.

Kagame said the UN mission in Congo has nothing to show as an achievement apart from attributing the country’s problems to Rwanda.

“Congo’s problems must stop being Rwanda’s problems. Congo should also not run away from their problems. The International community should stop acting as if the problems in Congo are not their responsibility,” he said.

He said the UN spends US 1.2bn annually on the Congo mission which has nothing to show as results of its engagement in the conflict.


Meanwhile, the Security Council last night reiterated its condemnation of and demand for an end to all external support being provided to armed groups – in particular the group known as the March 23 Movement (M23) – “which have been destabilizing” the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over recent months.


“In this regard, the Security Council expresses deep concern at reports indicating that such support continues to be provided to the M23 by neighbouring countries. The Security Council demands that any and all outside support to the M23 as well as other armed groups cease immediately,” said Gert.

“The Security Council calls upon all countries in the region to condemn the M23, as well as other armed groups, and to cooperate actively with the Congolese authorities in disarming and demobilizing the M23 as well as other armed groups and dismantling the M23 parallel administration,” the statement added.

The DRC’s eastern provinces of North and South Kivu have witnessed increased fighting over recent months between Government troops and the M23, which is composed of soldiers from the DRC’s national army who mutinied in April.

In addition to the violence leading to an alarming humanitarian situation, marked by rape, murder and pillaging, the fighting has displaced more than 300,000 people, including many who have fled to neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda, as well as within DRC.

It called for perpetrators, including individuals responsible for violence against children and acts of sexual violence, to be apprehended, brought to justice and held accountable for violations of applicable international law.

“The Security Council expresses its intention to apply targeted sanctions against the leadership of the M23 and those acting in violation of the sanctions regime and the arms embargo and calls on all Member States to submit, as a matter of urgency, listing proposals to the 1533 Committee,” according to the Council’s presidential statement.

The Council’s 1533 Committee deals with an arms embargo which applies to non-governmental entities and individuals operating in eastern DRC, as well as targeted travel and financial sanctions.

In the presidential statement, the Security Council stressed the urgency of constructive engagement and dialogue between the DRC and its neighbours, especially Rwanda, and the need to address the underlying causes of the conflict in eastern DRC.

It welcomed the efforts of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, as well as of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU), to restore peace and security to the area.

The ICGLR held a meeting at which it discussed the issue of eastern DRC in Kampala, Uganda, last week.


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