At UN, Amid Congo Castration and UN Buckpassing, UK
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
November 11 -- To explain his
government's refusal to speak with renegade general Laurent Nkunda, the
Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ambassador to the
Ileka told the Press on Tuesday that Nkunda's forces "rape women and
castrate the men." These words were spoken, in French, at the
in front of the UN Security Council, inside which the Department of
Peacekeeping was asking for 3000 more peacekeepers.
reports of war crimes
dog the government at least as much as Nkunda's rebel forces, Inner
asked both Council President Jorge Urbina and head Peacekeeper Alain Le
the UN's MONUC force can use force against the Congolese army if they
civilians. Both men said yes, along earlier in the game a non-governmental
organization's expert on the ground in Goma told Inner City Press that
practice, MONUC won't.
Ambassador John Sawers said that a key is that the Hutu rebels known as
FDLR have to be disarmed and repatriated to Rwanda, or relocated
the Congo. Inner City Press asked him if Rwanda has done enough to
assurance that these rebels can go home.
Sawers said that Rwanda should do more.
UN's Alain Le Roy with Minni Minawi in Sudan,
France-Rwanda issues not shown
Press asked Sawers to compare the UK's fast and active response to
Sierra Leone in 2000, when the UK sent special forces troops, to what's
called its "dithering" and even blocking of a European Union mission.
Each situation is difference, Sawers said, you know that. Then his
counterpart spoke of rape and of castration.
question of France's role, in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and since, is
that three NGOs at the UN on Tuesday admitted means France is a
role, in the Security Council and elsewhere, on these issues. Inner
asked Alain Le Roy, who was named head UN peacekeeper after France made
clear it considers the post, won in exchange for voting for Kofi Annan,
permanently its property, what he thinks of France's role, and the
week of Rose Kabuye, an aide to Rwanda's President Paul Kagame. "You'll
have to ask France," Le Roy said. But French Ambassador Jean-Maurice
Ripert was nowhere to be found...
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