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Congo war not completely over - impasse blamed on Uganda

drc insurgency


by Joseph Earnest  November 12, 2013


Newscast Media KINSHASA—Peace efforts between the DRC government and the M23 rebels are to continue even though the two sides failed to sign a deal in Uganda. But M23 is not the only rebel group Kinshasa counts among its adversaries.


The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that failure for a peace accord to be consummated is being blamed on Uganda by the Congolese government that has accused Uganda of supporting the rebels. (pop-up)

In Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, victory is in the air and large placards extol the deeds of the armed forces. The decisive offensive against the M23 rebels lasted just two weeks. The rebels had been terrorizing the population in the east of the DRC, exposing the weaknesses of the DRC army and UN blue helmet troops. Militarily, M23 is now a spent force, but sustained peace in the crisis-torn region is still a long way off.

"The fact that the M23 has been defeated does not in itself mean that stability will return to the eastern Congo," said Stefanie Wolters from the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria. There are dozens of other national and international militants groups that are active in the area.

The DRC army has already announced its next target – the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a DRC-based descendant of Hutu extremist groups that carried out the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. After the genocide, many of the perpetrators fled across the border to the eastern DRC. To this day, the FDLR questions the legitimacy of the Rwandan Tutsi government and spreads terror among the local population.

Claudia Simons is an analyst specializing in the DRC at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. She said the east of the country will continue to be at war with itself "as long as people fail to have any confidence in state-guaranteed security."    Add Comments>>

Source: Deutsche Welle











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