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Vol 43 No 19

Published 27th September 2002


Rwanda

Leaving the quagmire

Kigali's withdrawal of troops from Congo creates problems for everyone

According to a sympathetic diplomat, the Kigali government has 'achieved in eight years what has taken 50 in Israel ­ the loss of the moral high ground after a genocide against its people'. Rwanda no longer has special backing from the United States. Even its best allies in Britain and South Africa are nuancing their support. President Paul Kagame's government is under pressure both to withdraw its troops from Congo-Kinshasa (as Uganda and Zimbabwe have also promised) and to open up domestic politics in the lead up to next year's multi-party elections.

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