UN Peacekeepers Can't Contrain Congo Army Abuses,
NGO Says, Split on Speaking with Nkunda
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
November 11 -- In the Congo, UN
Peacekeepers despite a mandate to protect civilians are not authorized
engage with the Congolese Army, even if these troops described as
kill civilians right in front of the UN, Oxfam's Juliette Prodham
the Press by phone from Goma.
along with fellow non-governmental
organizations Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group are
together calling for an additional 3000 UN Peacekeepers for North Kivu.
some issues they are taking different views, for example on whether
Kabila should speak with rebel general Laurent Nkunda. Steve Crewshaw
Rights Watch said this should probably take place, while Fabienne Hara
believes that since Nkunda was part of the so-called Nairobi and Goma
Processes, he should not be given a new and separate chance to
Whether ignoring the people with the guns is the best way to protect
is another question.
Press asked HRW's Crenshaw to relate his groups damning reports about
peacekeepers in the Congo being involved in trading gold and guns, and
abuse of minors, to his call for 3000 more peacekeepers. Crewshaw went
pains to say that the critique, in the gold and guns case, was of the
Office of Internal Oversight Services, headed by Inga-Britt Ahlenius.
one calls for more and more peacekeepers, to support a national army
human rights abuses, shouldn't some warning bells be rung?
Peacekeepers in Congo, gold and guns not shown
The groups' main call seemed to be that European countries should be
faster with with
support. This must primarily be directed at the UK, because HRW's
on to praise Belgium, at least for its votes in the Security Council,
Hara agreed that France is not the right country to led a peacekeeping
in North Kivu, given its rising tensions with Rwanda. Who does that
Spain? Whose general Diaz fled the Congo less than a month after
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