Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Explosive New Report from UN

The BBC reports that an explosive new report from the UN will allege that both Rwanda and the DRC government have directly helped rebels fighting in eastern DR Congo. A draft of the report, circulating in the Security Council, says that Rwanda has given Laurent Nkunda's CNDP military equipment, financial assistance, and access to staging grounds within Rwanda to launch attacks against the DRC army. But its most explosive allegation is that Rwanda forcibly recruited child soldiers on Nkunda's behalf. The Kabila government is accused of arming the FDLR and cooperating with them in working the region's casiterite and coltan mines. The report is also said to name the foreign companies that traded with the FDLR.

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