KAMPALA, Uganda -- Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s long-serving president, has emerged as the central mediator of the conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, orchestrating the withdrawal of rebel troops from the key Congolese city of Goma and hosting peace talks between the rebel leaders and the Congolese government. By coordinating all stages of the process, Museveni has reaffirmed his position as East Africa’s key power broker -- a status that until recently appeared to be slipping.
In October, Reuters published details of a leaked U.N. Security Council Group of Experts report alleging Ugandan and Rwandan support for M23, the rebel group that went on to seize swaths of eastern Congo, including Goma. While the report emphasized Rwanda’s role in coordinating M23’s creation and movements, Uganda was also singled out for allowing the “rebel group’s political branch to operate from within Kampala and boost its external relations.” Another leaked report from U.N. sanctions experts obtained by AFP alleges further Ugandan and Rwandan aid to M23 during its latest campaign. The new investigation charges Uganda with providing logistical support to the rebels during their offensive, while Rwandan troops are said to have bolstered M23’s efforts. ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
- TWO WEEKS FREE.
- Cancel any time.
- After two weeks, just $18 monthly or $118/year.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- A Compromised Hegemon, South Africa Must Rethink Its African Peace Operations
- Despite Recent Tensions, Mozambique’s Politics Show Signs of Maturity
- Legislative Elections Could Signal Mali's Return to Politics as Usual
- Diplomatic Fallout: Despite Setbacks, Liberal Internationalism Is Not Dead Yet
- EU Engagement in the Sahel Shows Need for, and Obstacles to, Coordination