As Great Lakes population wise up and become aware and determine to defend
themselves and their life, I am afraid, Tutsis will eventually find it harder
and harder, whether backed by neo-colonialist, to subdue the population. Their
last resort would be to run away from the very guns they are still wielding
like they are the only ones who are privy to.
There is no "negative" force in the region. All there is, are forces that
have "fundamental political disagreements" with governments in the great lakes.
In other words, what is a 'negative' force? That which disagree with a
Tutsi-led government? Is the Nkundas a 'negative' force or no?
Some punks really. Stop fooling the population!
Reality is dawning and somebody is going to wake up fast. Why look to UN now?
I thought these invincible guys would just crash anyone?!
Great Lakes security talks make little progress Francis
Kwera | Kampala, Uganda 17 September 2007 03:46
Ministers from Africa's Great Lakes region made little headway in two days of
talks on security overshadowed by growing violence and mutual mistrust.
Foreign and defence ministers from Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC) appealed for United Nations peacekeepers to intensify
efforts to stamp out militias plaguing eastern DRC.
Officials who took part in the closed-door meetings, which ended on Monday,
said they were largely bad tempered, with DRC accusing Tutsi-led Rwanda of
backing the DRC's rebel Tutsi general Laurent Nkunda.
The DRC accused Rwanda of sending demobilised troops to join Nkunda's men, who
have clashed with DRC government troops in heavy fighting over the past few
weeks, the officials said.
Addressing journalists after the talks ended, Rwandan Foreign Minister Charles
Murigande denied the allegations.
"If a demobilised Rwandan decides to go DRC to do whatever he wishes, it is the
responsibility of the DRC government to arrest him," Murigande said.
His Congolese counterpart, Mbusa Nyamwisi, said DRC's military was determined
to pacify the east.
"We will not only fight Nkunda's forces, we will fight every destabilising
force in the region," he told reporters.
A joint communiqué issued after the meeting called on UN peacekeepers "to
intensify efforts" towards working with DRC forces to eliminate "negative
forces" in the lawless east.
All parties also "expressed concern about deteriorating security condition ...
in particular the destabilising role of former general Laurent Nkunda and
ex-FAR [interahamwe rebels]".
Until a UN-mediated ceasefire last week, eastern DRC's North Kivu province was
the scene of two weeks of battles between the Congolese army and fighters loyal
to Nkunda, who has led a three-year rebellion against the central government.
UN agencies say the area, where 300 000 people have been forced from their
homes since November, faces a humanitarian emergency as malnutrition rises
among the displaced civilians. -- Reuters
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