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Rwanda wins UN Security Council seat

Published: October 19, 2012 | 6:32 am
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Rwanda is to become one of five new non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

The decision to grant a two-year position in the 15-member council was taken at a meeting in New York.

The other countries are Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg and South Korea

The vote was not without controversy as African neighbour the Democratic Republic of Congo
opposed Rwanda’s selection.

A day earlier, a leaked UN report claimed that Rwanda is supporting a rebellion in the DRC.

The document accused Rwanda and Uganda of actively supporting M23 rebels, which both governments have denied.

The DRC’s representative Charlotte Omoy Malenga said:

“Beyond its role in destabilising the DRC, Rwanda is now a peaceful oasis for all war criminals who operate in the eastern part of our country who are being sought by international justice.”

But Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo said she hoped the DRC would reconsider its position.

“We come to this body with quite a bit of background, experience and our own suggestions on how to bring lasting stability for the DRC and the region, so we viewed (the DRC’s opposition) as a gesture of frustration,” said Mushikiwabo.


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