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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