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Vol 38 No 19

Published 26th September 1997


Legacy of war

Kigali's intervention in Zaïre helped to oust Mobutu but produced no victories at home

The transformation of old Zaïre in to the new Democratic Republic of Congo has also transformed the politics of the region around Lake Kivu. Yet insecurity remains endemic and was at the top of the agenda during President Laurent Kabila's recent visit to Rwanda. Both sides promised to go on cooperating on border security but it is not clear what that means.Rwandan Vice-President and Defence Minister Paul Kagamé acknowledges that, until the current insurgency in north-west Rwanda is sorted out, the country cannot continue with its reconstruction programme. A faction of the old army, the Forces Armées Rwandaises, of the late President Juvénal Habyarimana, with its militia allies, seems determined to fight on.

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