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At UN, DRC Consultations Deal with M23 & "Mrs Malcorra's Initiative"

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, December 18 -- With the talks between Congolese authorities and the M23 now extended to the end of the year, the UN Security Council put on its agenda for Tuesday afternoon "Consultations (Closed), DRC."

  One Council diplomat complained to Inner City Press, "They didn't even tell us what it's about."

  So Inner City Press asked French Ambassador Gerard Araud, just outside the Security Council consultations Tuesday morning on Sudan. Araud told Inner City Press that it is a briefing because of "movements of the M23."

Araud then added, "there is also the initiative of Mrs. Malcorra," Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's chief of staff.

  Previously, Inner City Press exclusively reported that Araud was critical of Malcorra having quietly visited Goma and met with the M23. (Then after Inner City Press asked, the UN mass confirmed it.) When Inner City Press then asked Araud about it, he said, she has already done it.

  But does Malcorra's initiative continue? And if so, of what does it consist? Or is this France's say of slamming a figurative nail in the diplomatic coffin, trying to prohibit UN political talks with the M23? Watch this site.

Footnote: some question when the UNSC will belatedly ensure appropriate MONUSCO action on the mass rapes, by Congolese forces, in Minova in late November.

  The Council, including US Ambassador Susan Rice, previously spoke out about MONUSCO inaction during militia rapes in Walikale. Here the rapes were by the UN's own partners in the FADRC, and DPKO chief Ladsous has twice refused to answer about it, video here.

  Here is a pre-Minova profile of Ladsous, by Billets d'Afrique. Watch this site.

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