By Julie Mandoyan | June 21, 2012 - 14:00 GMT
In a letter addressed to the UN Security Council yesterday (20 June), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Raymond Tshibanda, warned that Rwanda’s involvement in backing rebellious groups in the east of the country could lead to a breach in the peace between the two neighbors. Tshibanda appealed to the Council to make Rwanda respect its international obligations.
Tshibanda called on the Security Council to “remind Rwanda of its international obligations,” through the “immediate and unconditional withdrawal of armed forces’ members hiding in the ranks of the rebellion.” He added that the escalation of the situation - with evidence of Rwandan backing of insurgents in the eastern provinces - could lead to “a rupture in the peace” between the two states, which would threaten progress made since 2009.
Rebel General Bosco Ntaganda leads the mutineers. Although insurgents were offered jobs in the Congolese army as of 2009, as part of a peace deal between the insurgents and Kinshasa, poor work conditions and disagreement about salaries led them to leave the military. 1
Tshibanda accused the rebels of using Rwandan territory “to prepare and perpetrate a conspiracy” with the complicity of the Rwandan authorities.
(Photo © DR)
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