Speaking in Tanzania at the end of his African tour, President Obama urged "countries neighboring the Democratic Republic of the Congo" to make peace. Congo shares borders with nine African nations but the president declined to say which of them he was referring to.
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete sparked the outrage of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and other top Rwandan officials when he said, at the African Union’s 50th anniversary gathering, that, for there to be peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Rwandan government must negotiate with the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or FDLR, an eastern Congolese militia made up of its own former citizens and their children.
Secretary of State John Kerry suggested last week that President Obama may soon be on his way to Africa, without giving any details as to when or which countries. Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney responded on KPFA. McKinney will be in California next week on a speaking tour titled, "Latin America, Africa, and Obama." A transcript of this report will be available shortly on the website of the San Francisco Bay View, sfbayview.com.