UN peacekeepers (Monusco) in Goma, DRC. The UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo has been criticised as being “totally incapable of engaging the rebels or defending civilian areas where interethnic fighting has broken out.” Photo/FILE AFP
The analysts told the United States Congress that, while Rwanda was primarily to blame for the violence, the ineffectiveness of both the DRC’s government and the United Nations peacekeeping force made the crisis continue to fester.
The analysts, nongovernmental researchers and advocates, also urged the US and its allies to apply greater pressure on Rwanda to stop it from supporting rebel forces in the Kivus.
And they expressed scepticism concerning a proposed “neutral force” that Kenya, Tanzania and Angola say they intend to deploy in unstable areas.
The UN peacekeeping detachment, known as Monusco, was also criticised as being “totally incapable of engaging the rebels or defending civilian areas where interethnic fighting has broken out.”