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UN report shows Rwanda and Congo fight proxy war

UN report shows Rwanda and Congo fight proxy war

A Security Council panel says Rwanda is helping ethnic Tutsi rebels fight the Congolese government and Congo is collaborating with Hutu rebels and other forces against Rwanda.
The report Friday by a panel of experts for a council sanctions committee _ essentially concluding that both countries are fighting a proxy war with each other _ could have far-reaching implications, by leading to additional U.N. sanctions or an escalation of hostilities.
Rwandan authorities have been "complicit" in recruiting soldiers, including children and sending officers to help rebel leader Laurent Nkunda, who uses Rwanda as a "rear base," the panel says.
But there also has been "extensive collaboration" through joint operations and ammunition supplies between Congolese troops and Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, or FDLR, and the Mai Mai tribal militia, it says.
The report says it also has evidence that all armed groups use child soldiers and that Nkunda's rebels and the FDLR are raking in millions of dollars a year from illegal trade in minerals.

Updated : 2021-12-08 15:24 GMT+08:00