And here goes the picture of mR Alain Leroy mixed feelings. I'd say deliberate confusionism. At least he agrees that "of course, no peacekeeping mission, however large, can substitute for sustained, high-level political engagement, by all those with influence on the parties, to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict in the eastern DRC, including the CNDP threat and the continued presence of the Rwandan ex-genocidaires and other foreign armed groups on Congolese soil". He also states clearly that "MONUC forces cannot serve as a substitute for the Congolese army to fight a war or impose peace. The U.N. peacekeepers are not an expeditionary or counterinsurgency force." Check out his yesterdays op-ed on the Washington Times:
Monday, 8 December 2008
THE BURDEN OF THE SO CALLED PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS AT THE UN
Here is another reason why African Governements should stop begging for UN peacekeeping missions, apart from the fact that the latter never kept any peace anywhere in the world. We'll keep a pager on this, I am happy though, this is confirming some thing I have suggested in several postings here: there are no more troupes. But be ware if the "VULTURES" want Russia to step in, God help the world! It's ICG speaking to Reuters!