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Vol 44 No 13

Published 27th June 2003


Nobody's moving

A temporary calm in Ituri does not mean progress towards national peace

Congo-Kinshasa has briefly diverted the attention of the United Nations Security Council from its altercations over Iraq. Spurred into action by the stark contrast in kill rates more than three million people over the past five years in Congo's war and, by rough estimates, around 200,000 by ex-President Saddam Hussein's regime in the same period the 15 UNSC Ambassadors flew into Kinshasa on 7 June to instruct political factions to set up a power-sharing government by 30 June. There is almost no chance that this will happen and so the hopes for pacifying eastern Congo on the back of a new national government and security force look forlorn in the near future. Meanwhile, the Council has authorised a French-led intervention force to go into the north-eastern Ituri Province to break the bloody cycle of violence there (AC Vol 44 Nos 11 & 12).

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