Wednesday, 25 September 2013

DR-CONGO: Joseph kabila's address to UN

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) warned today that the selfishness of some States could threaten efforts to set a new sustainable development agenda for the decades ahead.

“At a time when the question of post-2015 development is high on the agenda, the international community is more and more marked by the failure of certain of its members to respect the fundamental principles of international relations, the persistent selfishness of some States and the convulsions of the world economy,” he told the General Assembly on the second day of its annual General Debate.

President Kabila is one many leaders addressing the annual Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. The Debate will conclude on 1 October.

The theme of this year’s 68th Assembly is the post-2015 development agenda, aimed at drawing up an even more ambitious blueprint to totally eliminate poverty and its attendant ills in the decades following the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cycle.

Turning to his own vast country, where violence still continues in the east despite the efforts of UN peacekeepers to bring stability over the past 20 years, Mr. Kabila recognised the irony that part of the problem stemmed from the DRC’s willingness to accept refugees in the wake of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Back then Mr Kabila was still a Rwandan soldier.

Since the 1994 genocide, Rwanda’s Tutsi leadership has supplied and underwritten a series of largely Tutsi insurgencies capable of projecting Rwandan power into the lawless vacuum next door. In the mid 1990s, this policy included systematic reprisal killings against Hutu refugees fleeing the aftermath of the genocide.

In 1996, the US reversed three decades of support for Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko by tacitly backing a Rwandan and Ugandan invasion of what was then called Zaire. The effort swiftly toppled Mobutu, who was once a reliable anti-communist ally, but who seemed to be tolerating the presence of Rwandan militants responsible for the 1994 genocide.

The Clinton administration helped expedite rebel leader Laurent Desire Kabila’s path to the Congolese presidency without really knowing much about him. It quickly became clear that Kabila was no democrat, and Washington’s relationship with his government, and with that of his adoptive son Joseph Kabila, who has been president since his father’s assassination in 2001, has been chilly.

Mr Kabila went on to say '' Without peace, sustainable development in the DRC remained “only hypothetical.'' However he avoided point the finger to Rwanda and Uganda, two countries that are cited in UN Report last year as ''main sponsors'' of rebels groups that cause violence, instability in eastern Dr-Congo.

The reason is simple: Rwanda, Uganda and Joseph Kabila are the reason of the Dr-Congo's conflict. One must be politically blindfolded to even think that they are part of the solution. A prospect of an everlasting peace deal should start with the neutralization of these '' three musketeers''.

By Guylain Gustave Moke
Political Analyst/Writer
Investigative Journalist

Photo-Credit: AFP- Rwandan born Congolese President Joseph Kabila-addressing the UN General Assembly, (UNGA)