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DRC's Ileka Atoki Says M23 At Airport "For Rwanda," MONUSCO is Afraid

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, November 27 -- With the UN Security Council set to hear from Susana Malcorra, who represented the UN at the Kampala talks about the M23, outside the Council Inner City Press asked Congolese representative Ileka Atoki about the Kampala communique, as regards the Goma airport.

  Ileka Atoki told Inner City Press, "you have to look at how it is written. One hundred FARDC, one hundred M23... under the chiefs of staff of the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda."

  He paused. "In any negotiation, there are some deals. This is something to say, it is Rwanda which is there, the chief of staff of Rwanda, the head of M23, will do the job on behalf of President Kagame."

  Earlier in the day, a Rwandan diplomat emphasized to Inner City Press that while the FDLR had fired across the border, Rwanda will "not be drawn in." Another said the FDLR took credit for the attack.

   In advance of formally assuming a seat on the Security Council on January, to which it was elected last month, Rwanda is now present in closed door Security Council consultations.

   Inner City Press asked Ileka Atoki about the comments of US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland on November 26, that the UN's mission "MONUSCO was not able to do what it was mandated to do. So I think among the things we need to understand better is how this relatively modest group of rebels was able to grab and hold territory" and that MONUSCO "needs to be able to be effective in securing populations, which is not currently the case."

   Ileka Atoki told Inner City Press, "I think it's a problem of interpretation... Most of the countries which contribute troops, they view it as the lesser one, because they are afraid if many of them die, they have a problem back home."

   But that is not the case with AMISOM in Somalia. Something about the UN and its DPKO under Herve Ladsous seems to some to encourage under performance with impunity and then, most distinctively, a refusal to answer questions. We'll see.

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