Friday, October 10, 2008

Rwanda invades Congo. Again.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has accused Rwanda of sending troops across the border and threatening the eastern city of Goma.

The local provincial governor said Rwandan soldiers backing the Congolese rebel leader Laurent Nkunda had crossed the border three days ago. But Rwanda has denied that any of its troops are inside DR Congo. Rwanda twice invaded its neighbour in the 1990s, and has accused the government of backing Rwandan rebels.

The Congolese ambassador to the United Nations Atoki Ileka said he would call for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council if Goma was attacked. "Rwanda is already in the DRC," he said. "Rwanda and I say Mr Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, are the spoilers in the region. Laurent Nkunda in our view is some kind of a proxy for Rwanda,” he added.

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