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Vol 48 No 18

Published 7th September 2007


Congo-Kinshasa

More fighting, more aid

Renewed fighting in the eastern provinces could help the government to qualify more quickly for aid

Theories abound about who is funding and arming the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) in the eastern provinces of Congo-Kinshasa. General Laurent Nkunda, the Congolese Tutsi rebel commander in North Kivu who is fighting them, blames elements in the Kinshasa government; so does the Rwandan government. Seasoned Congolese and United Nations' opponents of the Kigali government suspect it is to blame, alleging that President Paul Kagame wants to stoke the eastern Congo conflict to justify sending his troops back there.

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