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Paul Kagame complains of inaction on Rwandan rebels in DRC… again

President Paul Kagame has once again accused the international community of applying “double standards” in addressing security concerns in the region. The Rwandan leader said failure by the international community to decisively deal with the Rwandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the past two decades but eliminated M23 rebels “in a very short time” reflects the double standards.

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After UN-Kinshasa fallout, operations against FDLR begin in eastern DRC

In early January 2015 joint operations between UN combat troops and Congolese soldiers against rebels who refused to disarm in eastern DRC were announced, repeatedly, as being imminent. The Congolese army – the FARDC – and MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) shared “a high level of preparedness and team spirit,” according to MONUSCO head Martin Kobler, who described operations against the FDLR as “upcoming”.

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MONUSCO: Kobler’s likely departure signals post-FIB era for peacekeeping in Congo

As we enter another critical year for the DRC, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO) is going to lose most of its political and military leadership, including its Special Representative (SRSG) Martin Kobler, its two Deputy SRSGs Abdallah Wafy and Moustapha Soumaré, and most likely its Force Commander Dos Santos Cruz.

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Analysis: Powers behind Rwanda-Tanzania ailing relations

At the first meeting of the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for DR Congo and the Region on May 26, 2013, Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete volunteered advice to the three governments with rebel groups operating inside the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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New Urgency to Talks With M23 Rebels

There is a new urgency to the latest round of talks in Kampala between the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and its foes in the M23 rebel group.

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Rwanda: Kikwete In Trouble Over FDLR

Just over a fortnight ago, Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania, kicked off a firestorm of controversy with what many in Rwanda and outside of it saw as a terrible faux pas. It started with what would have struck followers of events in the Great Lakes region, as a common-sense proposal by the head of state of a significant regional power.

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