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Vol 49 No 24

Published 28th November 2008


Who arms Laurent Nkunda?

Congo-Kinshasa's Local Government Minister Mbusa Nyamwisi was running his own militia in the east a decade ago. Now he says it might be helpful for the Kinshasa government to open talks with General Laurent Nkunda on rounding up and expelling the Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), whose troops include fighters linked to the 1994 genocide. However, most of Nyamwisi's ministerial colleagues differ: they have openly accused Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his associates of actively financing and supplying Gen. Nkunda and his Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP) as an advance guard for Rwanda in Congo. They regard Nkunda's claimed mission to expel the undoubtedly brutal FDLR from Congo as entirely bogus.

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