n African Security Review - Dealing with the fast-changing environment in the eastern DRC : Africa Watch
|Article Title||Dealing with the fast-changing environment in the eastern DRC : Africa Watch|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||African Security Review|
|Publication Date||Mar 2009|
|Pages||64 - 69|
The recent split in the Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP) and the arrest of General Laurent Nkunda have changed the political and military situation in the eastern DRC. To complicate matters, Rwanda has re-entered the DRC under the pretext of joint operations going after the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda. This came within a month of the Ugandan Defence Force entering the Ituri area in pursuit of the Lord's Resistance Army. The Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo, Rwandan Defence Force and CNDP forged an unholy alliance and went after the FDLR in a joint operation. According to the RDF the operation would not last longer than 21 days. These actions have resulted in a lot of unhappiness among Congolese citizens and even politicians. The possibility of unrest in the bigger cities like Kinshasa, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Bukavu, Goma and Kalemi is a reality. That MONUC was not involved in the planning of joint operations aggravates the situation. The possibility of human rights violations and war crimes are real, indeed. There is a need for political intervention from the Southern African Development Community and the African Union to bring the roleplayers back to the formal process and implement the Amani Process.
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