UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo on Monday condemned “disingenuous” claims that high-ranking Rwandan officials are backing an army mutiny in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a bid to make Rwanda a scapegoat for its former enemy’s problems.
Mushikiwabo called for calm and warned that the situation had resulted in rhetoric reminiscent of the lead-up to a 1994 Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus were killed.
The fortunes of the two countries have been inextricably linked after more than a million Rwandans fled across the border in the wake of the genocide, setting off nearly two decades of conflict in Congo which left millions dead.
“This is hardly the first time Rwanda has been the scapegoat for problems in the region,” Mushikiwabo told a news conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York. “Rwanda is not in any way supporting any armed group in the region.”
“Rwanda would not participate in any destabilizing act in the region and in eastern DRC in particular,” she said.
The eastern Congo province of North Kivu has been swept by waves of violence since March, after hundreds of former rebels defected from the army in support of a renegade general, Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court. Read more…