The United Nations (MONUC) seeks to reinforce its presence in east Congo
against advancing rebel Nkunda forces who have won significant ground in recent days,
repelling a Kabila government offensive and taking back territory not held since August.
A major confrontation is brewing threatening all out war.
WAR UN PEACE IN CONGO
After taking back Mushake and Karuba, Nkunda has indicated his readiness
to negotiate a political settlement with the government.
He has consistently put forward five conditions for a settlement:
the return of Congolese Tutsi refugees from Rwanda; an amnesty law for his associates;
protection of the Tutsi population; and a position of authority for himself.
The latter condition is believed to entail Nkunda becoming
the overall military commander of North Kivu.
To Orwell Today,
Here is a report from Nkunda Security Staff in Congo.
THE NORTH-KIVU SECURITY SITUATION
GOES FROM BAD TO WORSE
1. The Congolese army has been completely dislocated with the defeat of Colonel YAV and Colonel SAMMY
2. They burnt before they run away, leaving all their ammunition and heavy weapons which cost millions of dollar to the Congo government
3. They plundered and destroyed nastily the houses, the cattle and others goods of the poor population which by naivety had believed in them
4. MONUC, the United Nations Mission in Congo for peace does not yet seem to understand that it has an irresponsible partner, while jointly signing agreement with this government it is made guilty or at least it shares the responsibilities in all that arrives at this population that it has mandate to defend et protect
5. In three past days MONUC transported 12 tons of ammunition in Nyanzale while knowing that these ammunition will fall in the hands of the FDLR and PARECO and they at the end will use them to kill Tutsi civilians
6. MONUC knows very well that in Nyanzale there is only one battalion of the FARDC mixed with the FDLR and PARECO, it reported it but we wonder on something going wrong in this institution that prevents it to make decisions against the government
7. In the dungeons of Goma, the human rights violations are institutionalized: in the only cellar of the dungeon of T2 more than 60 persons are imprisoned under the inhuman conditions, threatened of death, intimidated to be transferred to Kinshasa, obliged to be involved in debt, tortured physically and psychologically, the traumatism, mix women with their babies in the same cell that men, briefly it is the hell...
8. impoverishment is now been using as a weapon of war and they subjugate the enemy Tutsi not I think that all the rwandophones are aimed: The network of SUPERCELL was stopped with the reason that it serves the enemy, whereas the other companies cover the same zone and were not touched; 500 cows of the honourable SERUFULI, 350 of the honourable SENINGA were decimated by YAV and the mayimayi
9. More than 3000 heads of cattle have been decimated in a lapse of time. What would have occurred if the Tutsi had followed the call of BABACAR GAYE, Governor Julien PALUKU and others ONG. requiring them to leave the safety Zones and go in the zones of insecurities to be killed, to be tortured etc…?
10. Help us to denounce and dismantle all these dungeons and the abuses that government is making to innocents civilians
Thank you for sending that report of the situation on-the-ground in North Kivu from the perspective of Nkunda's men. It explains in specific detail what the international media has been reporting about Kabila's army looting and killing civilian Congo populations, under full knowledge of the Western-World tax-funded UN mission in Congo (MONUC).
In spite of its knowledge of Kabila's FARDC army fighting WITH the genocidal Rwandan Hutu FDLR militia the UN is not withholding its support - materially and militarily - of Kabila. On the contrary, today's news is reporting that the UN has sent for back-up, and thousands of new UN troops are on their way from South Africa and India to the Congo, to reinforce Kabila against Nkunda. This is just the latest example of the total corruption and complicity in war of the United Nations (make that Big Brother) so-called "peacekeepers" (make that 'warmongers').
What sickens me the most is that we the people here in America fund this monstrosity of an organization as it feeds off war in the name of peace all over the world. That's what Orwell means by "War is Peace", ie war is peace to UN, or should that be "war is piece" as in 'a piece of the looting action' as in the "Ministry of Plenty (Starvation)" Orwell also described.
Nkunda rebels ready for peace. BBC, Dec 14, 2007
General Laurent Nkunda was speaking to the BBC in his first interview since his troops recaptured territory lost in a government offensive last week. He said the Congolese government must first disarm the Rwandan Hutu rebels he claims are attacking ethnic Tutsis. Government forces had taken the town of Mushake, claiming a "major victory". With Mushake and the surrounding hills back in his possession, Gen Nkunda said it was time for "Congolese to live in peace". "We said for a long time that the war cannot finish a political problem," he told the BBC's Arnaud Zajtman. "Political problems asked for political solutions."...
Nkunda rebels fighting for family. BBC, Dec 14, 2007
....The bad, sweet smell of dead bodies is in the air in parts of the town. On the only road that goes through Mushake, a pothole has been filled with a body covered by a bit of mat. Part of a foot is sticking out. Wooden stalls have been looted by the [Kabila] government forces who controlled this place for a few days....The Congolese army does not...protect the population. In one incident, government troops near Katale, some 40 km further west, abandoned their positions and stole hundreds of goats from the local population, according to witnesses in the town. There is tension within the ranks of the Congolese army....
SAfrica/India troops on way to Congo. Business Day Johannesburg, Dec 14, 2007
GOMA - South African troops are on their way to the Democratic Republic of Congo's war-torn North Kivu province, as the United Nations (UN) seeks to reinforce its presence in the east against advancing rebel [Nkunda] forces. The rebels have won significant ground in recent days, repelling a government [Kabila] offensive and taking back territory they have not held since August. A major confrontation is brewing threatening all out war. "We are expecting reinforcements from South African peacekeepers, with several hundred troops on their way here now," UN spokeswoman Sylvie Van Den Wildenberg told Business Day yesterday. The exact number of South African troops could not be confirmed and it was unclear whether they were coming from elsewhere in Congo or from SA. An Indian battalion (about 800 men) is also on its way to North Kivu, enabling the UN to further bolster its presence. The foreign affairs department in SA and military sources said they did not know of a plan to send extra troops, but did not rule out redeployment. The UN is forming a line against the rebels [Nkunda] at the town of Sake, 28km north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu. The rebels are led by renegade Tutsi Gen Laurent Nkunda. It is understood he has been told that the UN will move against his forces if they attempt to advance any further. The UN is an official partner of the Congolese army, as the government seeks to stamp its authority on the country's lawless east and disarm remaining ethnic militias. Ahead of the arrival of the South African and Indian reinforcements, the UN troop strength in North Kivu stands at 4500, about 25% of the total peacekeeping force in the vast country.
An as yet unidentified number of people have fled the rebel advance, with government soldiers deserting their positions and allowing the towns of Mushake and Karuba to fall back into rebel hands late on Tuesday. The government had taken Mushake and Karuba last week, as part of a long-planned offensive that has seen 20,000 of President Joseph Kabila's government troops massed in North Kivu. In a press conference late on Wednesday, the Congolese army tried to reassure the local population and urged them not to panic or flee. "The military in Sake are in control of the town. The soldiers there will ensure security for the population," said Kitenge Tundwa, a military spokesman. "For Goma, the security situation here is good and the people must go about their business as usual," he said. However, other sources say that the majority of Congolese troops have retreated up to 30km from Sake.
After taking back Mushake and Karuba, Nkunda has indicated his readiness to negotiate a political settlement with the government. He has consistently put forward five conditions for a settlement: the return of Congolese Tutsi refugees from Rwanda; an amnesty law for his associates; protection of the Tutsi population; and a position of authority for himself. The latter condition is believed to entail Nkunda becoming the overall military commander of North Kivu, which is unpalatable to the government. Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Congolese government on Wednesday to protect civilians endangered by an offensive. Ban's spokeswoman Marie Okabe said an estimated 60,000 to 70,000 people already displaced by violence were reported to be on the move again this week because of the renewed fighting. "The secretary-general is deeply concerned about the intense fighting in North Kivu," Ban's office said.
KNOW NKUNDA CONGO
6.Disputed Territories and 2.Big Brother and 12.Ministry of Peace (War) and 11.Ministry of Plenty (Starvation)
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