Σάββατο, 17 Οκτωβρίου 2009

DR Congo: Gov’t denies LRA attacks




The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has refuted a Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) report that the Ugandan Lords Resistance Army, LRA, has stepped up attacks in the country and raided villages. MSF had claimed the rebel insurgency is making it difficult for their aircraft to deliver much needed supplies to the displaced Congolese. They denied the presence of the LRA, saying the violence rather is happening in neighboring Central African Republic. The country’s Information Minister, Lambert Mende, is quoted as saying MSF had the geography of its report wrong."I think there is a bit of confusion. We are well aware that there are some combatant operations near our border with those terrorists of LRA, but in Central African Republic… Things are happening in the south of the Central African Republic. So people are escaping from Central African Republic (CAR), and a few peasants from some villages in the northern part of our country," Mende said.He also denied a section of the report that suggests that hundreds of thousands of Congolese have been forced to flee. Mende said Kinshasa is working with Bangui to resolve the rebel insurgency there."We are cooperating with our neighbors of Central African Republic (and) our army is giving them full information. And we are helping them to crush those people," Mende said.He said denounced suggestions that a regional effort to end LRA insurgencies has failed."It is not true to say that because it is thanks to this regional effort that we have succeeded in sending them (LRA) out of our country. That is why they escaped, and they are trying to bring chaos in the Central African Republic," he said.
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