Congo peace talks, so called
Submitted by Ann Garrison on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 12:18
KPFA Evening News, 09.15.2013
The Southern African Development Community expressed concern about Rwandan troops amassing on the Rwanda/Congo border, at a conference in Namibia on September 14, 2013, as "peace talks" continued in Kampala, Uganda.
KPFA Evening News Anchor David Landau: Yesterday the Southern Africa Development Community, a regional body, issued a statement of concern about the deployment of Rwandan troops along Rwanda’s common border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, expressing the hope that Rwanda will not invade and is not thinking about invading. KPFA’s Ann Garrison has more.
KPFA/Ann Garrison: The Southern African Development Community’s fear of an open cross border war between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been in the background throughout the so-called “peace talks” in Kampala, Uganda, between the M23 militia fighting in Congo’s Kivu Provinces and Congo. The talks recently resumed after the Congolese Army, aided by the UN Brigade, succeeded in pushing M23 roughly 4 to 5 miles back from their positions in North Kivu Province.
However, many say that the talks are just a facade, especially with Uganda acting as a host and mediator, because Uganda and Rwandan forces invaded Congo in 1996, beginning the war and conflict that continues to this day.Here’s Paul Rusesabagina, author of the book An Ordinary Man, which became, in its simplest heroic elements, the film Hotel Rwanda.
Paul Rusesabagina: Uganda has been accused many times by the international community, including the United Nations and the Congolese government, as one of the perpetrators, with Rwanda, supporting M23. Today, Uganda positions itself as, now, a mediator. How can one, in history, be a perpetrator and a mediator at the same time? Can one be a perpetrator and a judge? It can't be. So, you can see this is why all that is taking place in Uganda, in Kampala, today is just a kind of facade.
KPFA: That was Paul Rusesabagina on why Uganda is a thoroughly implausible mediator in so-called peace talks between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda’s M23 militia. He also said that Rwandan President Paul Kagame had entered the talks just to buy time for his M23 militia to regroup, possibly under a different name.