The United States has welcomed the announcement by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of the start of military operations against the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), erectile http://centruldedic.ro/wp-includes/post-template.php an armed group that has inflicted immeasurable suffering on the civilian population of eastern DRC and Rwanda for over 20 years.
“The United States fully supports DRC military operations with MONUSCO against those members of the FDLR who have failed to surrender, try http://consultants-lactation.org/wp-content/plugins/user-access-manager/tpl/usercolumn.php ” said U.S. State Department Spokesperson, http://cyclopeperu.com/wp-admin/includes/edit-tag-messages.php Jen Psaki in a statement seen by Chimpreports.
“We encourage the DRC and MONUSCO to continue their coordination and joint planning and to take immediate steps to end the threat from the FDLR.”
The DRC army Chief of Staff Gen Didier Etumba on Thursday said in Beni that attacks would commence immediately.
However, there are no reports yet of confirmed military strikes on the genocidal militia.
On the same day, Martin Kobler, the head of the UN Peace Keeping Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), met with Gen Etumba, to finalise the details of their military cooperation against FDLR.
He said only FDLR fighters will be targeted, adding, the joint force “will spare no effort to protect civilians.”
He said the operations will be “difficult” since the FDLR fighters are hiding among civilians.
The UN Security Council has mandated the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) to protect civilians and, in support of the DRC authorities, to neutralize armed groups including the FDLR.
Last July, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) gave the FDLR, including its leadership, a clear deadline of January 2, 2015 to surrender fully and unconditionally or face military consequences.
“However, the FDLR failed to deliver on its promise to surrender and instead used this period to continue to commit human rights abuses, recruit new combatants, and pursue its illegitimate political agenda,” said Psaki.
In October, the ICGLR and SADC heads of state reaffirmed that military action should take place in the absence of a full surrender of the FDLR, and on January 8, the UN Security Council reiterated the need to neutralize the FDLR through immediate military operations.
“We stress the importance of these military operations being conducted in a way that protects and minimizes the impact on civilians, in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law, and in line with the UN’s human rights due diligence policy. The neutralization of the FDLR will contribute to long-term peace and stability for the people of the Great Lakes region,” added Psaki.
President Paul Kagame recently expressed reservations about promises by the international community to use military means to defeat FDLR.
“The way FDLR issue is being handled, it’s as if killing people was not such a bad thing after all,” said Kagame.
“Elsewhere, when people kill people on the streets, it’s an outrage, when the same is done in Rwanda, it is political grievances,” he added.
There have been fears that FARDC is hesitant to annihilate FDLR since the latter supported DRC’s military operations against the rebel M23 force in 2013.
Speaking to United Nations Security Council in 2013, Rwanda’s UN Envoy Amb. Richard Gasana said “It is high time we see a change of attitude of the DRC Government towards the FDLR; Rwanda has for several years expressed legitimate concerns with the lack of political will of the Government of DRC to tackle the threat of FDLR. Various UNSC reports have detailed evidence of all kinds of support given to FDLR by DRC and Rwanda has even provided more.”
He further pointed out the continuous excuses given by MONUSCO again and again when it comes to conducting military operations against FDLR, is kind of disturbing.
“When it is not excuses of lack of intelligence, (and which Rwanda did share with MONUSCO), it is engaged in propaganda operations to hoodwink the UNSC about military operations with FARDC against FDLR.”
Grade one magistrate George Watyekere has issued an order stopping two local publications Red Pepper and Kamunye from publishing incriminating information on the case in which the widow of the late Eriya Bugembe Sebunya alias Kasiwukira and two others are accused of murdering him.
The order followed the request by the defense lawyer Macdusman Kabega, unhealthy http://cirgroup.com/typo3conf/ext/div2007/class.tx_div2007_alpha_browse_base.php who asked that court blocks the publications from publishing information that may make the accused appear guilty before the court has found the truth.
Kabega read to court various headlines published by the Red Pepper and Kamunye incriminating Mrs Kasiwukira and other family members allegedly involved in the deal to murder the late Kasiwukira.
In his ruling the magistrate ordered the publication to stop any further publication on this matter that is before court.
He however, information pills clarified that the papers could still continue reporting on the proceedings from court provided there are no exaggerations added.
The state prosecutor in this case Beatrice Adong informed court that investigations in this matter are still underway and thus requested for an adjournment.
The case was pushed to the 11th February while the three accused were remanded back to Luzira prison.