Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hari points fingers at the West & at Kagame

Johann Hari writes that Westerners are in part responsible for DRC casualties, for not having curbed the companies that bought the minerals that have funded the militias in Congo. He quotes François Grignon, Africa Director of the International Crisis Group, that Nkunda is a Rwandan creation:
[Grignon] tells me the truth: "Nkunda is being funded by Rwandan businessmen so they can retain control of the mines in North Kivu. This is the absolute core of the conflict. What we are seeing now is beneficiaries of the illegal war economy fighting to maintain their right to exploit."
Hari calls for a global coltan tax to adequately fund a multinational force equal to the challenge of maintaining peace.

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