Rwanda Warns UN Against “Fanning Flames Of Congo Rebellion”
Rwanda Foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo has said that it was deeply regrettable that the media frenzy over Rwanda’s alleged involvement in the DRC has forced the hasty publication of an interim report without giving the government the opportunity to analyse its contents and respond in a systematic fashion.
“This is a one-sided preliminary document based on partial findings and is still subject to verification,” said the eloquent minister.
“The UN Group of Experts has accepted our invitation to Kigali to do what should have been done before; carry out relevant consultations and obtain the facts. We intend to provide factual evidence that the charges against Rwanda are false. These, as well as Rwanda’s own allegations, will hopefully be reflected in the final UN report due in November,” she said.
The report accuses Rwanda of supplying logistics to Congo rebel Bosco Ntaganda who is leading a mutiny in the DRC forces.
UN also reported that Kigali top army generals were in touch with Ntaganda and reinforcing his troops with new recruits trained by Rwandese army.
These allegations have in the past been categorically denied by President Paul Kagame.
Addressing press last week at Urugwiro Village, Kagame said Congo’s problems should be Rwanda’s.
Kagame said the international community is peddling lies to fuel the conflict after their attempts to overthrow President Joseph Kabila flopped.
The President said, during the recently concluded Congo Presidential elections, he was approached by some members in the international community who were of the view that Kabila should be toppled because he had refused to give them business deals.
“During and after the presidential elections, these same people in the international community were all over the place saying: it’s hard to do business with him (Kabila), we can't get him, should he be removed through elections or other means?” said Kagame.
He added: “I will spill secrets to you. These people have no leadership in Congo. They do it cleverly by buying access to some organizations.”
During this crisis, Kagame said, in the whole world, only about five countries were of the view that Congo should be left alone to solve her own problems.
“In the end, they can’t remove Kabila, they can’t do anything about him,” he said.
Kagame said the masterminds of the plan later turned around and said ‘may be, we can put up with him because we like Congolese.’
“These people don’t like Congolese, they just like Congo for their own reasons,” said Kagame, throwing journalists into rib-cracking laughter.
The revelation sparked fears that the international community, instead of stabilising the war-torn nation, was bent on fuelling the conflict to serve their own economic reasons.
“These are not accusations but the reality on the ground,” emphasized Kagame.
Kagame said if the blackmail continued, he would release General Laurent Nkunda to “go where he wants.”
Minister Mushikiwabo said blaming Rwanda diverts attention from the root causes of the crisis in the DRC and serves only to fan the flames of conflict.
She expressed concern that real issues are getting lost in accusations while the situation on the ground is deteriorating.
“It is demonstrably against Rwanda’s interests to do anything that would risk destabilising the region. We have worked vigorously with our Congolese counterparts to try and head off the rebellion. When violence broke out, we counseled the Congolese, MONUSCO and non-state actors to tread carefully. They failed to listen. Instead, as the Congolese Army proved unable to contain the mutiny, Kinshasa and its allies resorted to pointing the finger at Rwanda.”
Mushikiwabo pointed out that from the outset Rwanda had made clear that the interference of non-state actors has the potential to be disruptive and dangerous.
“Sadly, this has become the case in this instance. In our corner of the world, words quickly become deeds and anti-Rwanda rhetoric carries grave consequences. Just last week, a group of young Rwandan citizens were dumped at the border post in Rubavu after weeks of torture at the hands of the Congolese army. More hateful attacks can be feared as calls for Congolese worldwide to “kill the Tutsis” are being propagated over the internet.”
Mushikiwabo reiterated Rwanda’s commitment to peace and stability in the region.
“Nothing matters more to the government and people of Rwanda than maintaining hard-won regional security needed to build a society and economy capable of meeting the aspirations of our citizens.”
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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