Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Strong Words, but Will Action Follow?

The UN resolution mandating the continuation of MONUC's mission thru 2009 is robust, forceful, and clear. It directs MONUC to focus on the Kivus, and demands that the force not only protect civilians in imminent harm but undertake "all necessary operations" to prevent future attacks on civilians, including by using cordon and search tactics.

In other words, they won't simply be reactive; they won't simply respond to events, but actually shape them. No more fighting with one hand tied behind their back.

The rest of the resolution is equally forceful. It calls on Monuc to disarm and demobilize any armed group, foreign or domestic; curtail the illicit trade in natural resources; train FARDC as part of broader international mission to reform the security sector; help prepare for the local elections scheduled for 2009; and strengthen its efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence.

Now the question is whether MONUC will receive the troops and equipment necessary to do the job.

1 comment:

  1. I finally have the Emin Pasha connection, though the relevance escapes me. Appreciate the
    up-to-dates but wondering more about who you are....