Global Rally for Congo November 28th

KPFA Evening News, 11.25.2011

Congolese, Rwandan and Ugandan activists are asking their allies to sign petitions, and call the office of UN Ambassador Susan Rice, to ask her to stop blocking a serious UN Security Council response to the latest report of the UN Group of Expert on the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The report documents Rwandan and Ugandan backing and control of the M23 militia fighting in Congo. Last Monday the militia seized Goma, the minerals trading hub and capital of Congo’s North Kivu Province. KPFA spoke to Friends of the Congo's Student Coordinator Kambale Musavuli about why they are asking allies to call U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice and attend a global rally for Congo on November 28th.

 

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KPFA Evening News Anchor Anthony Fest: Government sources in the Democratic Republic of Congo said today the government wouldn't hold further talks with the M23 militia UN Ambassador to the U.S. has a long history of protecting Rwandan President Paul Kagame. until M23 withdraws from Goma, the eastern Congolese provincial capital it captured earlier this week. For its part, M23 said it won't give up the city without a promise of ongoing negotiations. Meanwhile Congolese, Rwandan, and Ugandan activists are asking their allies to sign petitions and call the office of U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice to ask her to stop blocking a UN Security Council response to the latest report from a UN Panel on the Democratic Republic of Congo. That panel has documented Rwandan and Ugandan control of the M23 militia. KPFA's Ann Garrison spoke to Kambale Musavuli, Student Coordinator and Mining Researcher at Washington D.C.-based Friends of the Congo

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Kambale, could you tell us why you're asking your allies to contact U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice?
 
Kambale Musavuli: We have received many reports that the United States has been a block for peace in the Congo at the United Nations, November 21, 2012 photo: Congolese citizens looking at tank shells left behind by Congolese government troops fleeing an assault by M23 rebels, in eastern Congo. whereby Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, has, numerous times, blocked the publishing of the UN Report, and in this last resolution that was voted at the Security Council, she literally made sure that Rwanda's name was off. The resolution that was voted on stated that the Security Council condemned Rwanda in the Congo. And it was removed and changed to "external forces."  
 
KPFA: The UN Government of Experts report also says that James Kabarebe, the Rwandan Defense Minister, is commanding M23 from Rwanda, doesn't it
 
Kambale Musavuli: Yes yes, the report had a diagram of the chain of command, and pretty much Rwanda, specifically James Kabarebe, He is the commander of the M23.  
 
KPFA: Could you tell us about the demonstration you're planning there in Washington on the 28th? 
 
Kambale Musavuli: So on the 28th of November, at 11 am, we are calling on people of good will to join us to demonstrate in front of the White House, and we will walk from the White House to Congress to denounce the U.S. support of Rwanda, in light of the UN report, and demand an end to impunity and to stop the war in the Congo. And this rally is happening around the world. It's also happening in London. It's happening in Paris. It's happening in Brussels. It's happening in New York and it's going to be happening in Atlanta, and more cities are coming on.
 
KPFA: And that was Kambale Musavuli, Student Coordinator and Mining Researcher at Washington D.C.-based Friends of the Congo. For more information, see friendsofthecongo.org, sfbayview.com, and blackstarnews.com.  
 
For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I'm Ann Garrison.

 

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