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Has UN Mission In The Congo Failed?
December 07, 2009 04:48:47
By Scott Morgan
You have to Love Extended Holiday Weekends. Especially ones where the US Government reveals Information regarding Economic Data or Key Foreign Policy Decisions. This way they can say that they told us and the Information is released.
This Thanksgiving weekend is the example of such a process taking place. The UN started the ball rolling actually releasing a controversial report regarding MONUC. (UN Mission in the Congo). This report by a Panel of Experts which was discussed in the Security Council revealed that the current mission is failing. It also found that at least 25 Countries have been supporting the Rebel Movements.
Examples that have been revealed include:
Tanzania reportedly arming FADR with two shipments across Lake Tanganyika. Also the UN has evidence of two phone calls between leaders of the FDLR and the Governments of Tanzania and Burundi.
Another Point of Interest that has not hit the Mainstream Media here in the United States are remarks made by the Head of AFRICOM Gen. Ward. Speaking in Algeria he told reporters that the current strategy towards Somalia needs more time to work.
Well there are serious flaws in this strategy in my opinion.
1.) It does not address the current situation in the Ogaden. There has been a recent increase in the fighting in this part of Ethiopia with a substantial Somali Population. There is some contention that this is a must do in order to restore peace and tranquility to Somalia.
2.) There is no effort to assist Somaliland hold their elections early next year. There are serious concerns regarding Freedom of the Press but on the whole this is a relatively peaceful part of Somalia. IF it DEEMS that it needs to be Independent of Somalia than the US should assist it in all ways possible.
3.) Currently the Main Efforts consist of Supplying Arms to the Transitional National Government. Since this party has little influence beyond a small part of Mogadishu shouldn't the US come up with another Strategy besides using SEALs and UAV strikes to maintain a presence? Working with regional actors is a smart play than just alienating Eritrea despite reports of its support of the Islamist Militants.
On Friday Nov. 27th the State Department Issued a Statement regarding Concern for the Upcoming Elections in Sudan. This has been an Issue that Khartoum has felt fell into place with other parts of the Comprehensive Peace Accord. That is everything is negotiable. Since the US brokered this deal the Administration needs to Stand Up and say Abide by the Terms You Agreed too.
For Several Other Publications I had written an Op-Ed regarding the Massacre that occurred in Conkary, Guinea. There is a UN Investigative Team currently on site. I hope that they can bring Justice to those who have suffered.